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International Dark Sky Week 2020 starts Sunday — here's how to celebrate online

Astrophotographer Miguel Claro took the image from São Miguel Island in the Azores on April 5, 2014.
Astrophotographer Miguel Claro took the image from São Miguel Island in the Azores on April 5, 2014. (Image credit: Miguel Claro/<a href=""></a>)

Celebrate International Dark Sky Week from anywhere, with sessions streaming online starting Sunday (April 19).

The International Dark-Sky Association (IDA)'s annual event will be held between April 19 and 26. The full schedule is available here

Presentations will be available for free online on both YouTube and Facebook. You can also discuss on social media using the hashtags #lookuptogether and #IDSW2020. 

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Some of the highlights from this year's IDA sessions include presentations spanning millennia of human interactions with the sky, including cultures from New Zealand to Guatemala and technologies from navigation to photography. Many of the talks are appropriate and exciting for both adults and children.

"Right now, families around the globe find themselves spending many hours at home together," Ruskin Hartley, IDA's executive director, said in a statement. "It's a perfect time to reconnect with the night sky — and International Dark-Sky Week provides a portal for that experience."

The IDA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and protecting the sky and the nighttime environment, especially by encouraging the use of outdoor lighting that does not scatter into the sky. This story from 2018 shows how you can reduce light pollution.

You can follow updates for International Dark Sky Week on the official website

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Elizabeth Howell
Elizabeth Howell is a contributing writer for who is one of the few Canadian journalists to report regularly on space exploration. She is pursuing a Ph.D. part-time in aerospace sciences (University of North Dakota) after completing an M.Sc. (space studies) at the same institution. She also holds a bachelor of journalism degree from Carleton University. Besides writing, Elizabeth teaches communications at the university and community college level. To see her latest projects, follow Elizabeth on Twitter at @HowellSpace.