Join the Barnard EcoReps for some noshing and a viewing of the amazing new documentary THE CITY DARK, followed by discussion. Just bring a plate and spork and the EcoReps will bring the food! The event will be held tomorrow, Monday, December 12 in Sulzberger South Tower (the 17th Floor of Sulzberger) at 5:30PM. Afterwards, join us with Summer Ash of the Columbia Astronomy Department, as she shows us the night sky from the telescopes and observatory on the roof of Pupin Hall!
THE CITY DARK is a feature documentary about light pollution and the disappearing night sky. It premiered in competition at the 2011 South by Southwest Film Festival, where it won the Jury Prize for Best Score/Music. After moving to light-polluted New York City from rural Maine, filmmaker Ian Cheney asks: “Do we need the dark?” Exploring the threat of killer asteroids in Hawai’i, tracking hatching turtles along the Florida coast, and rescuing injured birds on Chicago streets, Cheney unravels the myriad implications of a globe glittering with lights—including increased breast cancer rates from exposure to light at night, and a generation of kids without a glimpse of the universe above. Featuring stunning astrophotography and a cast of eclectic scientists, philosophers, lighting designers, and historians, including Barnard’s own Professor William Sharpe, THE CITY DARK is the definitive story of light pollution and the disappearing stars.
We look forward to seeing you there!
After the screening, join us at Pupin Hall for an amazing glimpse of the stars above! We will be heading over to Pupin directly after our movie discussion tomorrow, but if you can’t make it to the sceening, feel free to join us on the 13th floor of Pupin Hall at 7:30PM. Summer Ash, of the Columbia Astonomy Department, will take us on a special tour of the rooftop observatory!
A special thanks to Summer and Columbia Astronomy Outreach for making this event possible!