Dark Sky Report 2013 /14
By Johan Smit
Everything rather quiet on the dark sky front.
Included information at every possible outreach oppurtunity.
No requests for information, or advice, received from private individuals or industry.
Regular posts were placed on social media and received good exposure via Alan Versveld and his urban astronomer web site.
One positive report received from the Western Cape area. A newly built garage had lights that spoilt the neighbourhood’s dark sky. After negotiating with the owner and the fuel company, a mutually acceptable solution was reached to switch off the offending lights when they were not needed late at night. Good to hear that large corporations are prepared to listen to private individuals.
My advice is–inform people and speak up when lights bother you. By being quiet we will not win the fight.