One appealing aspect of being at the lake is being outside after dark and looking up to see a glorious array of stars. It’s so dramatic here because we are in a relatively dark spot in Minnesota. Itasca Park is working to become a recognized Dark Sky Destination with the International Dark Sky Association (darksky.org). This is an organization with the mission to bring back star-filled skies unpolluted by artificial light.
To help reclaim the bright stars in the dark skies please consider the following:
- Turn off all outside lighting when possible.
- Use light fixtures that cast light downward.
- Eliminate the use of permanently on outdoor lights.
Your star-gazing neighbors will thank you and you’ll get an even more spectacular view of the night sky.