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Dark Skies


Parts of Maine are treasured for their amazing night sky, unaffected by the light pollution of cities and towns. In other parts of Maine, efforts are underway to reduced light pollution, by rethinking outdoor lighting.  Bird lovers, astronomy buffs and tourism officials are among those promoting the dark skies movement here in Maine, and across the nation.

Guests: Ed Gleason, astronomer and planetarium manager at University of Southern Maine


Nancy Hathaway, chair of the Surry Conservation Commission and mindfulness instructor who has been involved with dark skies efforts in Maine


Doug Hitchcox, staff naturalist at Maine Audubon

Interested in the music you heard on today's show?  Here's what we played: 

End of segment 1:  “Starry, Starry Night” by Lianne La Havas

Start of segment 2: “Endless Sky” by Blackstone Rangers

End of segment 2: “The Last Star’s Light” by Ghost Island

Start of segment 3: “Purple Haze” by Jimi Hendrix

End of segment 3: “Colors in Space” by Explosions in the Sky

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