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Dakota Nights Astronomy Festival
September 7 - September 9
I’m thrilled to announce my participation in the 6th Annual Dakota Nights Star Festival and invite you to join me at Theodore Roosevelt National Park September 7-9, 2018! In addition to astronomers, rangers, and historians, I’m invited to present my Storyteller’s Night Sky program during their terrific three-day festival celebrating North Dakota’s starry nights and rich heritage!
From their website: “Each September, Theodore Roosevelt National Park hosts Dakota Nights Astronomy Festival and is supported by a number of not-for-profit entities and local businesses. The purpose of our festival is to increase awareness and appreciation of western North Dakota’s dark skies. Theodore Roosevelt National Park is a great place to view the night sky, but, like other areas, there are threats to its relative darkness. Light pollution from oil and gas development surrounding the park is visible in some areas. Nearby towns including Medora, Belfield, and Watford City also produce lights that limit the number of stars that can be seen. Slowly our night skies are diminishing. The goal of this event is to garner appreciation for natural darkness which may help lead to future protection of darkness in our area, as well as to welcome and introduce new population of western North Dakota and eastern Montana to the beauty and serenity of the night sky.
This year, special guests will include Star Lore Historian Mary Stewart Adams, who will take us on a journey into the night sky through the lens of the storyteller!” Watch this link to the park for updates.