Next Event: March 23 & 24 Star Parties

Our next events will be two back-to-back star parties on March 23rd and March 24th. The night of the 23rd is our regular First Quarter Friday, and the night of the 24th will be an experiment to see how much different the view is during Earth Hour, when we're hoping a significant number of people in town will turn off their outdoor lights.

Earth Hour is from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday the 24th, and it's an event being held worldwide. During that hour, we're asking everyone to turn off any unnecessary lighting in an attempt to reduce light pollution for just an hour. We're hoping to see a wave of darkness sweep around the world as 8:30 p.m. arrives in each time zone.

Alas, the city of Eugene's street lights are hard-wired in, so they can't be switched off, but we can all do our part by turning off porch lights and yard lights. Then come join us at the College Hill Reservoir, 24th and Lawrence in Eugene, and we'll see if we've made any difference.

The star parties will be dependent on clear weather, but during Earth Hour someone from the EAS will be there even if it's cloudy to measure the sky brightness so we can compare it to other times.