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Consortium for Dark Sky Studies
Now Officially Recognized Research Group at the University of Utah


Estimates from the International Dark-Sky Association and the Consortium for Dark Sky Studies indicate that nearly 80 percent of North Americans cannot see the Milky Way due to light pollution. Utah's public lands and national parks are largely untouched by man-made lighting, making them an opportunity for night sky research.

The University of Utah in Salt Lake City has formally recognized the Consortium for Dark Sky Studies, an academic center dedicated to discovering, developing, communicating and applying knowledge about the quality of night skies.

The multi-institutional research group, based in the university's College of Architecture and Planning, consists of over 25 university, industry, community and governmental partners. Members will research light pollution and the health, economic, and environmental impacts it has, with efforts made to preserve dark skies.

The International Dark-Sky Association has designated more Dark Sky places in Utah than in any other state, province or country, so it's fitting that the consortium is headquartered there.

The consortium is partnering with ALAN (Artificial Light at Night), an international research group, to host their annual conference in November 2018.

For more information on the Consortium for Dark Sky Studies, visit For more information on Dark Sky places in Utah and around the world, visit

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October 16, 2019, 1:35 pm PDT

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