FOUNTAIN HILLS DARK SKY FESTIVAL

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RECORDING OF 2024 EVENT SPEAKERS

JO MARCHANT

The Human Cosmos: Civilization & the Stars

Jo will take you on an exploration of the cultural importance of the sky – telling a story of how the Sun, Moon, and stars have inspired and guided humanity since Palaeolithic times – and trace how our relationship with the stars has changed as we’ve built a scientific understanding of our universe and become more reliant on technologies from central heating to GPS. Jo will argue that alongside the elegant and powerful explanations of science, our physical, spiritual, and ecological well-being depend on rediscovering a more personal connection with the cosmos in which we live.

Jo Marchant is an award-winning science journalist and author of popular books, including Decoding the Heavens and The Human Cosmos. Her writing explores the nature of humanity and our universe, from the mind-body connection to the mysteries of past civilizations and the awesome power of the night sky.

JULIA WANG

The Impact of Light Pollution on Nocturnal Bird Migration

Every spring and fall, billions of birds migrate through the US, mostly under the cover of darkness. This mass movement of birds must contend with a dramatically increasing but still largely unrecognized threat: light pollution. Drawn off course by bright, artificial lighting, birds can wind up fatally colliding with buildings or wasting precious time and energy that they need to survive. Learn about the impact of light pollution on birds and the way researchers and conservationists are working to protect them. Julia works with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology to work on this issue.

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