Welcome to Municipal District of Foothills No. 31

Dark Sky Initiative

Working towards keeping the night skies dark!

 July 2015, Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area Became Canada’s First Nocturnal Preserve - pdf

2017 Research Article: Quantifying and Monitoring Darkness over the Rothney Astrophysical Observatory, the Journal of The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada

Even before the light bulb, societies have been artificially illuminating the night time. Our lighting of the night sky has begun to negatively affect the nocturnal environment in significant ways.

On April 16th 2009, MD of Foothills Council provided three readings to the Dark Sky Bylaw. This has been a significant step in achieving the vision and goals of the municipality's Dark Sky Initiative. In addition to the Bylaw, educational resources such as this webpage continue to be provided by the municipality in order that our residents and businesses may work towards a pollution free night sky.

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The world picture...

Earth Lights

Image Credit: Data courtesy Marc Imhoff of NASA GSFC and Christopher Elvidge of NOAA NGDC. Image by Craig Mayhew and Robert Simmon, NASA GSFC.

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