Dark Skies and Emerging Technology Conference
Posted: 24 August 2014
Thanks to Arizona State Parks I was able to attend the "Dark Skies and Emerging Technology" Conference held in Flagstaff, Arizona, 18-20 August 2014. I represented the Oracle Dark Skies Committee and Arizona State Parks. Speakers and attendees at the conference not only included astronomers (both professional and amateur), but the International Dark-Sky Association, staff from Lowell Observatory, lighting engineers and consultants, politicians, representatives from the National Parks Service, BLM, other public lands, members of the medical profession, and many others.
Arizona State Parks provided me with a loaner vehicle to drive to the conference:
I arrived in Flagstaff on Sunday, 17 August, and did a brief visit to Lowell Observatory late in the day under an overcast sky. Here are a few photographs taken at Lowell Observatory:
Day 1, Monday, 18 August 2014
The conference opened on Monday, 18 August, at the City of Flagstaff Council Chambers. Here's my badge:
Opening presentations were made to lay the foundation of what would be discussed at the conference. This slide from one of the presentations shows types of outdoor lighting sources and their spectral bandwidths compared to the human eye day (Photopic) and night (Scotopic) vision.
The City of Flagstaff is understandably proud of its dark sky support (since 1958). These are on display in the Council Chambers:
An opening reception was held Monday evening at Lowell Observatory. Here are some photos of the attendees and a few items on display:
Click to see Day 2 and Day 3.
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