EARTH NIGHT (UC Santa Cruz Original Thinkers Series):
"The human and environmental costs of artificial light at night"
Presented by UC Santa Cruz, the International Dark-Sky Association Santa Cruz, and Lick Observatory
3–5 p.m. Skyglow Project
Harun Mehmedinovic, co–founder of Skyglow Project, takes us on deep dive—with stunning timelapse visuals—into the history and importance of celestial observation on humans, the proliferation of electrical outdoor lighting spurring the rise of the phenomena known as light pollution, and the Dark–Sky Movement which is fighting back to reclaim the pristine night skies.
6:30 p.m. Original Thinkers: Earth Night
Carrie Partch, associate professor, chemistry and biochemistry: "Light & Circadian Rhythms"
James Karl Fischer, founder, The Zoological Lighting Institute: "Biodiversity & Photodiversity"
Puragra (Raja) Guha Thakurta, professor, astronomy and astrophysics: "Observing the Night Sky"
Andy Kreyche, astronomy educator and dark sky advocate: "Santa Cruz at Night"
Harun Mehmedinovic, co–founder, Skyglow Project: SKYGLOW
Lisa Heschong, fellow, Illuminating Engineering Society: Host
Begin with wine and small bites reception, enjoy science talks, and stay for sky observation and star gazing with the Santa Cruz and UC Santa Cruz Astronomy Clubs.
$10/person, students free
Kindly register for one or both events by April 11—seating is limited; registration will close when we reach capacity.
The Inn at Pasatiempo
555 Highway 17, Santa Cruz
Free admission for the afternoon event.
$10/person for the evening event (students free).