Where Darkness Is Rare, Light Is Pollution

Apr 23, 2017

In the somewhat dark Main Street Square, people gather around a fire to stay warm.
Credit Victoria Wicks

To see the stars, you must find the dark. And because it's rare to find darkness these days, human-made light is considered to be pollution. This weekend in Rapid City, as part of this year's Earth Day celebration, people gathered at Main Street Square to learn more about it. They saw captive owls and talked with astronomers, the creatures who work by night.

Richard Walker assists a young woman to see Jupiter and three of its moons through a telescope.
Credit Victoria Wicks