Save Our Night Skies Update

Bob Gent

Bob Gent will give an update on the campaign to save our night skies and reduce light pollution.  He will provide real-world examples where communities have passed outdoor lighting ordinances, and successfully put the brakes on the growth of light pollution.  He will also discuss the recent report by the American Medical Association on the need to restrict LED streetlights.  Bob recently served on a local city's outdoor lighting code task force, and he will share the techniques used to update an outdated lighting code.


Lt Col Bob Gent is a retired USAF Space Systems Officer. He worked with space-based telescopes many years before Hubble was launched. From 2007 to 2008, he served as President of the International Dark-Sky Association, and from 2002 to 2006, he was President of the Astronomical League, a federation of nearly 300 astronomical societies. Over the past 20 years, he has spoken to dozens of international, national, state, and local legislative bodies on the problems and solutions of light pollution. In 2000, the International Astronomical Union renamed a minor planet BobGent (10498) in his honor for his work in night sky preservation. In 2015, he won the Astronomical League award for exceptional accomplishments in astronomy. On August 21, 2017, Bob will be celebrating his birthday on the day of the Total Solar Eclipse.


Saturday, August 19, 2017 - 13:45