Dark Wars Tourism Part2


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This is the second half of a version of my famous Dark Wars astronomy presentation that I give at Bryce Canyon National Park. This version is "geared" for the tourism industry, encouraging them to help protect natural darkness by supporting astronomy tourism.

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    1. Canvas of the Cosmos – By ark Rangers Randy Dunning & Kevin Poe D P Core of the Whirlpool Galaxy (M51) Crab Supernova (M1) NPS photo by Dan Duriscoe Darkness is Beautiful
    2. Comet NEAT Darkness is Beautiful Crab Supernova (M1)
    3. Hercules Globular Cluster (M13) Darkness is Beautiful Comet NEAT
    4. Swan Nebula (M17) Darkness is Beautiful Hercules Globular Cluster (M13)
    5. Andromeda Galaxy (M31) Darkness is Beautiful Swan Nebula (M17)
    6. Orion Nebula (M42) Darkness is Beautiful Andromeda Galaxy (M31)
    7. Ring Nebula (M57) Darkness is Beautiful Orion Nebula (M42)
    8. Cigar Galaxy (M82) Darkness is Beautiful Ring Nebula (M57)
    9. Dumbbell Nebula (M27) Darkness is Beautiful Cigar Galaxy (M82)
    10. Sombrero Galaxy (M104) Darkness is Beautiful Dumbbell Nebula (M27)
    11. Whirlpool Galaxy & companion (M51) Darkness is Beautiful Sombrero Galaxy (M104)
    12. Darkness is Beautiful Whirlpool Galaxy & companion (M51)
    13. Saturn Darkness is Beautiful Hubble Ultra Deep Field
    14. Jupiter Darkness is Beautiful Saturn
    15. Mars Darkness is Beautiful Jupiter
    16. Venus Darkness is Beautiful Mars
    17. Mercury Darkness is Beautiful Venus
    18. Sol Darkness is Beautiful Mercury
    19. Moon Darkness is Beautiful Sol
    20. Earth Darkness is Beautiful Moon
    21. Darkness is Beautiful
    22. If it’s rare... Capture it ! And Charge Admission! <ul><li>P.T. “Greatest Show ON Earth” Barnum </li></ul>So darkness is… $ AND beautiful... Darkness is Beautiful
    23. Defending Darkness Protecting darkness is hard… Lake Mead (ugly) Bryce (good) Yosemite (bad)
    24. <ul><li>Light Trespass </li></ul><ul><li>Laws end at boundaries (light transcends) </li></ul><ul><li>Can’t fence light (urban domes exceed 5,000m!) </li></ul><ul><li>Education doesn’t work on empty seats </li></ul><ul><li>ONLY Tourism gets the butts in the seats! </li></ul>Photo by Jim Richardson Defending Darkness
    25. Astronomy Tourism Sky City, AZ Observatory B&B, BC Astronomers Inn, AZ Night Adventures, Red River, NM
    26. Profitable Tourism isn’t more people per day, but Increased Length of Stay! “ Dark lovers stay overnight and eat bigger breakfasts!” - Kevin “Greatest Show FOR Earth” Poe Astronomy Tourism
    27. National Parks (the big guns of tourism) Yellowstone Death Valley Bryce Canyon Chaco Culture Curecanti Yosemite Grand Canyon Great Basin Virgin Islands Astronomy Tourism <ul><li>In 2008 Bryce Astronomy: </li></ul><ul><li>91 formal presentations </li></ul><ul><li>31,000 contacts (15,450 people) </li></ul><ul><li>~$850k to local economy! </li></ul>
    28. Astronomy Tourism 50 Telescopes! Constellation Tours! Real Rocket Science! Ranger Assisted… Astronaut Story Musgrave! Repairer of the Hubble Telescope! 3000 Visitors! Astronomy Festival June 17-20, 2009! Join us for 9 th Annual Bryce Canyon
    29. <ul><li>Light means: </li></ul><ul><li>Safety </li></ul><ul><li>Money </li></ul>Eat at Joes! Down pointing retrofit: -$1000 Monthly Rent +$15,000 Ammortized over 10yr lifespan -$8.33/month More light isn’t always safer & seldom necessary Protecting Astro-Tourism
    30. <ul><li>50% won’t see the Milky Way </li></ul><ul><li>$2 billion lost in “up light” </li></ul><ul><li>Shrinking telescopes </li></ul><ul><li>Even parks are getting brighter </li></ul>Report from the Front Lines: Milky Way 5000+ ly Page, AZ 61 miles (98 km) Cedar City & I-15 corridor 48 miles (72 km) St. George 78 miles (125 km) <ul><li>218ft 2 </li></ul><ul><li>116ft 2 </li></ul><ul><li>101ft 2 </li></ul>Hooker 1917 (54ft 2 ) Hale 1948 (218ft 2 ) War Progress Report Cedar City, UT Beaver, UT 2007 1948 147” 200” Photo by Tyler Nordgren
    31. It’s not!” - The Lorax by Dr. Seuss “ Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. Unless… Could we lose the Stars? At the rate we are going… yes, it’s very likely! War Progress Report
    32. How do you care a whole awful lot? <ul><li>Celebrate darkness </li></ul><ul><li>Close blinds at night </li></ul><ul><li>Upgrade your lights </li></ul><ul><li>Request & support lighting ordinances </li></ul><ul><li>Get your money back! </li></ul>Terrible $43/yr Bad $32/yr Great $0/yr Good $11/yr Join the Fight Against the Light! Protecting Astro-Tourism Photo by Jim Richardson Motion Sensor $10/yr