Past Event

The Annual Dark Sky Festival

28 February – 1 March 2014
Harmony, United States

The 11th Annual Dark Sky Festival is scheduled for February 28th and March 1st, 2014 from 5-10pm in the Harmony Town Square.

The purpose of the Dark Sky Festival at Harmony is to expose the general public to the marvels of astronomy and the importance of protecting dark skies - not just for astronomy purposes, but also for the values that darkness provides to area wildlife. 

Our entire family-friendly festival is held outdoors in low light conditions on the streets, sidewalks and park located in Harmony Town Square. Due to Harmony's efforts and the support of the County Commissioners, an ordinance now requires new lighting in the County to be protective of dark skies. 

In a county that includes portions of Walt Disney World and has extensive brightly lit tourist commercial uses, this was a significant event in itself. In addition, all County facilities were retrofitted to better protect the night sky.

Speakers/Exhibitors scheduled to appear (subject to change):

  • - Former NASA astronaut Dr. Story Musgrave (Saturday Night)
  • - Katherine Nagy, head of Astronomy Education for the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum (Friday Night)
  • - Various displays from NASA along with a to be announced speaker
  • - Derek Demeter, Director of the Seminole State College Planetarium
  • - Earthrise Space

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