Into the Dark Science and Nightscape Photography
“I know nothing with any certainty; but, the sight of the stars makes me dream.”Vincent Van Gogh
It is said that a starry sky is equally interesting to a scientist, a philosopher, a priest, or a poet. While looking up at the bountiful richness revealed in a dark sky setting, each person experiences something different and unique. Today, ninety-nine percent of the population in the U.S. and Europe live under light polluted skies and do not get to experience the magnitude of feeling that the Milky Way and the countless stars overhead offer. Whether you are a complete novice who simply wants to stargaze or an experienced nightscape photographer, come be inspired by both the richness and vastness of the dark skies in New Mexico!
This course will include a combination of expert speakers, readings, and field excursions to explore why a dark sky is integral to our well-being, and how wildlife and ecosystems are increasingly being adversely affected by light pollution. You will learn the basics of nightscape photography and experience the incredible beauty of the dark skies of northern New Mexico. As a frame of reference for our field excursions, New Mexico’s unique geology and geography will also be explored. Evening viewing and nightscape photography sessions will be held in several truly unique locations in and around Santa Fe: Stand amongst Jurassic sandstone and capture majestic hoodoos in the Ojito Wilderness as they reach to the Milky Way overhead; kneel cliffside in the Sandia Mountains next to Pre-Cambrian fossils bathed in the light of a waxing quarter moon; experience the majesty and beauty of a starry sky shared with the wildlife atValles Caldera National Preserve, and more.
Come join us, as we go “Into the Dark…”Register Now
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Jim Heidenberger teaches science at Santa Fe Prep and has been sharing his love of astronomy and dark skies for over twenty years. Even before his teaching career, as an amateur astronomer in New Jersey, Jim partnered with community schools to conduct star parties. He also brought astronomical content into the classroom through the Project…