DarkSky Week, Wednesday Update

April 3, 2024 Dark Sky Week is only 2 days old, and everything is looking up! Laura Arndt and Don Jolley started on Monday, a day early, with this month’s stargazing trek. On Tuesday, Laura & Dan Smiley took turns tabling in front of the Point Reyes Post office, offering Dark Sky information and engaging … Read more

(January 2024) DarkSky West Marin needs your support

Everywhere we go, miracles happen. We’ve had so much overwhelming support that it makes my heart sing. But DarkSky West Marin is facing its first challenge and needs your help. In May this year, the Point Reyes National Seashore followed a DarkSky International recommendation to file a separate application from our DarkSky West Marin villages. … Read more

Learn How Dimming Lights Saves Animals & Birds

Dark Sky West Marin and Point Reyes Station Village Association are sponsoring a great event about the effects of light pollution on wildlife and ecosystems.We are very lucky to have Joe Mueller, Professor of Biology speak on this subject.Light pollution is increasing at a rate of 10% a year, and the effects are felt by more than … Read more

Our new name. “DarkSky West Marin!”

We’re happy to announce a new name for our initiative! DarkSky Point Reyes is now DarkSky West Marin. The initiative continues to include the unincorporated coastal villages of Stinson Beach, Bolinas, Olema, Inverness, Inverness Park, Point Reyes, Marshall, Tomales, Valley Ford, & Dillon Beach, Seadrift, Oceana Marin, Nicasio, San Geronimo, Woodacre, Forrest Knolls, Lagunitas, and … Read more

Dark Sky West Marin Needs Your Help

Dark Sky West Marin Needs Your Help Our work is moving at the speed of light, and we’re looking for help. Love looking at the stars? Dark Sky West Marin is looking for volunteers to help us protect Marin’s beautiful nightscapes. If you can help: Please email Peggy Day or Laura Arndt .

“If we don’t dim our bulbs, it’s going to be lights out for the Milky Way — and a lot of living things”

Opinion today 5/5/23 in Washington Post: . . . “I’m grateful to the DarkSky Committee. Its members have no authority (there’s no law restricting my lumens), but theywere persuasive. It turns out my lights weren’t doing much harm to neighbors, but they were doinga whole lot of harm to other living things.Night skies have been … Read more

How to Watch the ‘Green Comet’ in Night Skies (NYT)

How to Watch the ‘Green Comet’ in Night Skies By Shannon Hall January 20, 2023 A green-hued comet from the outer solar system is set to swing through Earth’s neighborhood in the coming days for the first time in 50,000 years. The comet has been steadily gaining brightness and will make its closest approach on … Read more

Aris D. Pope, Photographer

Thank you to Aris Pope for permission to show this gobsmacking view Jellyfish Nebula (IC443), the supernova remnant approximately 5,000 light years from Earth. Pope’s one photo is comprised of 6 hours of data collected during one night! more about this photo here. Please check back because as soon as we can, we’ll feature more … Read more