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April 2-8 Declared Dark Sky Week in Minnesota

On April 3rd, Governor Walz signed a proc­lamation declaring April 2-8 to be “Dark Sky Week” in Minnesota. The official proclamation read,

“Whereas the aesthetic beauty and wonder of a natural night sky is a shared heritage of all hu­mankind; and whereas the experience of stand­ing beneath a starry night sky inspires feelings of wonder and awe and encourages a growing interest in science and nature, especially among young people and out-of-area visitors within the local communities; and whereas light pollution has scientifically established economic and en­vironmental consequences that result in signif­icant impacts on the ecology and human health of all communities; and whereas many people in Minnesota live under a dome of light pollu­tion and excessive artificial lighting at night that disrupts natural darkness and may never experi­ence the visual wonder or ecological and health benefits of living under a dark sky; and whereas Minnesota, the land of 10,000 lakes and ever so many more stars, is a resource for the wilder­ness, a dark sky tourism sanctuary, and a place where many people take pride in the night sky; and whereas Starry Skies North, headquartered in Golden Valley, is the locally recognized au­thority on light pollution and has partnered with DarkSky International on Dark Sky Week to raise awareness of light pollution and provide free education, resources, and solutions to the public to encourage the protection of and en­joyment of dark skies and responsible outdoor lighting; and whereas all people in Minnesota are encouraged to engage their imaginations as they observe the stars, and reflect on the work that protects our precious dark sky resources.”

Minnesota’s Dark Sky Week coincided with the International Dark Sky Week.

Even though Dark Sky Week is past, you can still learn about dark skies and light pollution at https://darksky.org/ and enjoy time stargazing and watching our night sky. While you’re look­ing at the night sky this month, keep an eye out for some astronomical phenomena such as the Lyrid meteor shower, Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars: https://starlust.org/the-night-sky-in-april/.

Haley Searls
Haley Searls
Hello! My name is Haley Searls. I’ve loved writing from an early age, though my nonfiction writing at five years old consisted mainly of weather and gardening reports. I still have some of those early articles: “It’s sunny.” “It’s still sunny.” “It’s raining.” I’m glad to say my writing has improved since then. I wrote a guest post for the Silver Bay Public Library blog, and was the writer/editor of the newsletter for my American Heritage Girls troop. I have been writing for the North Shore Journal since June 2022. Besides writing, I love reading, drawing, photography, music, and spending time with family and friends. Two books that have really influenced my writing are Reforming Journalism by Marvin Olasky and Writer to Writer by Bodie and Brock Thoene. As a journalist, I want to share positive community interactions and inspire people to make lasting connections. Article topics that interest me are ones which show community activities and involvement. Such articles include community events, youth accomplishments, library programming, small businesses, local history, local artists and authors, art programs, and cultural events such as theater and dance. If you have an article idea, email the North Shore Journal with my name in the subject line! I look forward to hearing from you!
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