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2003

FMU Planetarium Presents Solutions to Light Pollution, April 27

FLORENCE, S.C. – The Dooley Planetarium on the campus of Francis Marion University will present a program titled “Solutions to the Problem of Light Pollution,” Sunday (April 27) at 3 p.m.

Admission to the program is free.  The planetarium is located on the second floor of the Cauthen Educational Media Center.

The program will open with a portrayal of the current nighttime sky, including the major constellations and planets that are now visible.  The issue of light pollution will then be addressed by a movie written and narrated by well-known comet hunter David Levy, and produced by the Southeastern Planetarium Association with assistance from the International Dark-Sky Association.

Remarks from local light-pollution activist Francis Parnell will conclude the program.

Earlier this month, FMU observed National Dark Sky Week, which focused attention on the problem of light pollution, an ever-increasing concern both worldwide and in the Pee Dee Region.   Light pollution is the "glow" of the atmosphere as a result of outdoor lighting that can obscure the beauty of the universe. It can screen out everything beyond Earth's atmosphere.

For more information about the Dooley Planetarium, visit its website at http://astro.fmarion.edu   For additional information about planetarium programs, call director John Mattox at 843-661-1441.

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Last Published: March 5, 2004 6:28 AM
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