‘Northern Nights, Starry Skies’ Documentary and Panel Discussion on Light Pollution

'Northern Nights Starry Skies' Documentary

Starry Skies North is pleased to announce a special private screening of the documentary ‘Northern Nights, Starry Skies,’ followed by a panel on Light Pollution

(St Paul, MN) — March 11, 2024 – Starry Skies North is pleased to announce a special event featuring a private screening of the award-winning documentary ‘Northern Nights, Starry Skies,’ followed by a panel discussion on Light Pollution. The event will take place starting at Friday, March 15th, 6:00 PM onwards, at the Schmidt Artist Lofts in St. Paul, MN.

The award winning documentary, produced by Hamline Center for Global Environmental Education, has received acclaim for its portrayal of the beauty of the night sky and the effects of light pollution on our environment and health.

Following the screening, a panel of experts, authors, community leaders, and artists will lead a discussion on the impacts of light pollution and potential solutions. Panelists include Paul Bogard, tenured Hamline University professor and author of ‘The End of Night’; MaryBeth Garrgian, Avianist and Star Inspired Artist; and Paul Smithson, Woodlake Nature Center Manager.

Event Details:

Date: Friday, March 15th
6:00 PM: Artist open house and tours of the Schmidt Artist Lofts and workspaces
7:00 PM: Cinema Screening of ‘Northern Nights, Starry Skies’
8:00 PM: Light Pollution Panel Discussion
9:00 PM: Stargazing and further discussion on the rooftop (weather permitting)
Location: Schmidt Artist Lofts, St Paul, MN

This event offers a unique opportunity for attendees to gain insights into the importance of preserving our natural nightscapes and the consequences of excessive artificial lighting. The panel discussion aims to foster dialogue and awareness around light pollution issues and inspire action towards mitigating its effects.

Documentary Premieire

A visually stunning celebration of the North Country’s starry skies. In Northern Nights, Starry Skies, photographer Travis Novitsky, Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, leads an exploration of the heavens as seen from Voyageurs National Park, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, and Quetico Provincial Park-together comprising the world’s largest designated Dark Sky sanctuary. Ojibwe artist and scholar Carl Gawboy shares Indigenous star knowledge complemented by Indigenous and cultural astronomers Jim Rock and Jessica Heim and astronomer Bob King.

Learn how artificial light is impacting our world from author Paul Bogard, and about the movement to reduce the harmful human-health and environmental effects of light pollution from Starry Skies North founders Cynthia Lapp and Randy Larson and bird expert Laura Erickson.


Thursday, February 23, 2023

Doors open: 6:30 p m

Screening: 7:00 pm, reception with cash bar and appetizers to follow



Sundin Music Hall, Hamline University

1536 Hewitt Avenue, St. Paul 55104

Parking information sent upon pre-registration



The event is free, but space is limited

Pre-registration required



About Starry Skies:

Starry Skies North is a registered 501c3 and your local group of Dark Sky International. Serving Minnesota and the surrounding region, we aim to reduce light pollution and the effects of artificial light at night. The answer to light pollution is easier than you think, learn more at starryskiesnorth.org.



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