by IDA Missouri to

Webster Groves Public Library

"Vanishing Night"

Organization:  Webster Groves Public Library

Date:  Saturday, May 16, 2020

Time:  2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Central Time

Cost: FREE!

How to Participate:

  • Participate in the live webinar:  Register (Attendees can submit questions)
  • Prefer to watch on Facebook? View the live webinar on Facebook: Watch (Attendees unable to submit questions)

About the Presentation:

For billions of years, all life has relied on Earth’s predictable rhythm of day and night. It’s encoded in the DNA of all plants and animals. Humans have radically disrupted this cycle by lighting up the night.  The presentation will talk about the impact of light pollution on wildlife and ecosystems, energy waste, human health, and our night sky.  An update will be provided on IDA’s global effort to reduce light pollution and initiatives underway in Missouri and the metro St. Louis area.

About the Speaker:

Don Ficken is President of the Missouri Chapter of the International Dark-Sky Association.  He is frequently interviewed by print and broadcast media on issues related to astronomy, IDA and the programs he manages.  He was featured in a 2017 article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch related to his work with the St. Louis Eclipse Task Force and has received many awards for his outreach and community work, most recently the prestigious “2018 Las Cumbres Amateur Outreach Award” from the Astronomical Society of the Pacific based in California.