Suggested Readings

"All men have stars, but they are not the same things for different people."       - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

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The End of Night

by Paul Bogard

A starry night is one of nature's most magical wonders. Yet in our artificially lit world, three-quarters of Americans' eyes never switch to night vision and most of us no longer experience true darkness. In THE END OF NIGHT, Paul Bogard restores our awareness of the spectacularly primal, wildly dark night sky and how it has influenced the human experience across everything from science to art.

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Dark Matters: Nature's Reaction to Light Pollution

by Joan Marie Galat

Told through the eyes of thirteen―year―old Joan, who loves the outdoors, Dark Matters will introduce young readers to the fragile wonders that are covered by our increasingly threatened nighttime skies. This book is packed with fascinating and unexpected facts and illustrations, and comes with tips and suggestions on how young people can help reduce light pollution. Because dark matters.

Orion and the Dark

Emma Yarlett

Orion is scared of a lot of things, but most of all he’s scared of the dark. So one night the Dark decides to take Orion on an adventure. Emma Yarlett’s second picture book combines her incredible storytelling and artwork with die-cut pages that bring the Dark to life.

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Ecological Consequences of Artificial Night Lighting

Edited by Catherine Rich and Travis Longcore

While certain ecological problems associated with artificial night lighting are widely known - for instance, the disorientation of sea turtle hatchlings by beachfront lighting - the vast range of influences on all types of animals and plants is only beginning to be recognized. From nest choice and breeding success of birds to behavioral and physiological changes in salamanders, many organisms are seriously affected by human alterations in natural patterns of light and dark.