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Starry Night: Texas Night Sky Festival®
The Texas Night Sky Festival® is dedicated to transcending the heavens for one glorious, starlit celebration on March 18, 2017. This popular festival will be held at Dripping Springs Ranch Park from 2 p.m. – 10 p.m. where thousands will gather to honor the starry sky and participate in an assortment of activities. Plan for great food, fun, and exploration that the whole family will enjoy and most importantly, experience.
Discover how important natural light and dark skies have been to human civilization through the ages and how it remains significant and intricate to the environment around us, even today. The purpose of the Texas Night Sky Festival® is to promote awareness of how vital this connection is to the natural world around us, re-discover how it shaped ancient civilizations have before us, and how society should re-establish this integral, primordial connection even during in modern times.
Vendors and exhibitors will showcase examples of responsible lighting for homes and businesses view school projects and competition entries focused on protecting the night sky. To illustrate this message, there will be a myriad of enrichment activities for all ages to participate in.
Bob Mahoney, whom previously worked at NASA will be discussing Stars, Orbits, and Spaceships. Additionally, there will be other important speakers including Cindy Cassidy, the organizer of the festival, presenting “How Earth Depends on Natural Darkness.”
There will be several educational booths, two mobile planetariums, a special solar telescope to safely view the sun. You can explore ancient civilizations at the Teepee by tales of the night sky from Native American and European traditions. You can even pick up a plant with the Hays County Master Gardeners. They will be holding their annual plant sale which will highlight the needs of plants and pollinators for natural darkness.
Mike Zarella’s “Live Oaks Basking in the Milky Way.” Photo courtesy of Texas Night Sky Festival®