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Swaner EcoCenter defends the dark

Upcoming event will offer solutions to light pollution

Park City and Summit County residents who stay up past sunset will notice a reddish glow on the horizon hours before sunrise as the lights of both businesses and private homes illuminate the night sky.

Thursday, April 3, Swaner EcoCenter will host Paul Ricketts of the University of Utah Department of Physics and Astronomy. Ricketts will explain the adverse effects light pollution on both the environment and its inhabitants , and how citizens can combat it. Following the discussion, telescopes will be provided and attendees will have an opportunity to stargaze.

Summit County does not currently have a "dark sky" ordinance in place, but according to Amir Caus of the Summit County Community Development Department they are working on creating one to "help preserve our unique community."

Swaner EcoCenter at NewPark

Thursday, April 3, 7 p.m. $5 per person or free for members

RSVP to swanerecocenter@usu.edu or call 435-649-1767