Our mission is to develop relationships between individuals and the sky we all share. To accomplish this, we have a three-pronged approach. First, we offer astronomy education outreach. Second, we create awareness about our dwindling night skies, due to light pollution. Third, we research archaeoastronomy and its cultural significance.
Our goals are simple: to promote astronomy education while raising awareness about protecting the night sky.
Bring astronomy education to the field—a dark sky field to be exact. We want you to interact directly with the night sky.
Spread awareness about light pollution and the importance of protecting our night skies.
Conduct archaeoastronomy research on how the night sky was understood and used by ancient cultures.
Build our program to serve as many as possible throughout the Southeastern US and beyond.
“...as light pollution spreads, we are slowly losing one of the oldest and most universal links to all of human history.”
Peter Lipscomb | Santa fe Astronomer
Project Night Sky was the product of a road trip to the American Northwest. I live in the Southeastern Unites States but am from Montana. My parents wanted to me to reconnect with the Northwest, so we packed our family of five into our VW Jetta and headed west. My parents explained how open and vast the spaces around the Dakotas, Wyoming, and Montana are but nothing prepared me for their raw, untamed, untouched magnetism.
I was inspired. Nothing compares to the connection I felt from seeing unpolluted night skies. I suddenly wanted to build observatories to study these darkest of night skies and then share the experience with anyone who could be persuaded to look up. However, aside from the obvious logistical and financial barriers to peppering rural landscapes with observatories, it would also bring light pollution to these pure, clear skies. From that, Project Night Sky’s “take it to the field” approach was made.