Festival promotes the idea of preventing light pollution

February 24, 2014 by  

The 11th annual Dark Sky Festival is taking place in Harmony over two nights at the end of this week.

The festival is held to both introduce astronomy and stargazing to people of all ages and to show them the importance of having areas in a city that do not produce too much light pollution. More than 50 telescopes are expected to be available for members of the public to look through during the evening. There will also be live entertainment including a performance by the Harmony Community School Choir, an interactive children’s area, and speakers.

This year, the festival will feature speakers from the Orlando Space Center and the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. NASA will be represented by Yves Lamothe, who is expected to talk about ‘Earth and beyond’, and astronaut Dr. Story Musgrave who will be speaking at a gala dinner. There are also set to be activities such as the Toho Water Stage, Astronomy Jeopardy, and a kids’ story time.

It is likely that this event will attract visitors from all over the area, including nearby Kissimmee. Organizers may have already contacted local printing companies to invest in marketing materials such as posters and flyers.

The Dark Sky Festival is taking place at Harmony Town Square from February 28 to March 1, beginning at 5:00 pm each evening. Admission is free. For more information, call 407-891-8358.