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Int’l Dark Sky Assn. & Loch Ness Prodns. present "Losing the Dark" fulldome video at gathering of astronomy community in Beijing

“Losing the Dark” is tentatively scheduled for distribution to the international fulldome and planetarium theater community in autumn, 2012. 

 Attendees of the International Astronomical Union Congress in Beijing are being treated to a special “sneak preview” of a fulldome video on light pollution called “Losing the Dark”. The five and a half minute public service announcement showing at the Beijing Planetarum on August 29th, 2012 is a joint collaboration between the International Dark-Sky Association and Loch Ness Productions, a U.S.-based fulldome video production company. Science and technical advisor for the production is Dr. Connie Walker, National Optical Astronomy Observatory’s Senior Science Education Specialist and chair of the IDA Education Committee.

According to producer Carolyn Collins Petersen, CEO of Loch Ness Productions, the presentation is a public service announcement that brings the important facts about light pollution to a wide audience.


Copyright 2012, Dome 3D
Copyright 2012 Loch Ness Productions


“Our team designed the show to emphasize some of the most important problems and effects of light pollution,” she said. “Light pollution is ubiquitous, it affects our ability to see the night sky. In addition, it turns out that light pollution has effects on human health, and we’ve known for a long time that it affects plant and animal life. On top of all that, it costs us money and wastes scarce fuel resources.”

The show presents these problems, but also suggests ways for individuals and communities to work together to combat light pollution. “We wanted to keep it very easy for people to help solve the problem,” said Petersen. “So, we suggest that they turn off unneeded lights and use shielded lights — full cutoff-lighting fixtures.”

Scott Kardel, Managing Director at IDA, said: “We hope that families, school groups, and everyone coming to their local planetarium will see ‘Losing the Dark’ and realize that it is not too late to save the stars. They can help to restore the night sky outside of the dome to its full glory.” 
 
Production of “Losing the Dark” is being made possible by a seed grant from the International Planetarium Society, and through on-going donations to the International Dark-Sky Association. “We’re raising funds to bring this show to planetariums around the world,” said Kardel. “In addition, if sufficient funding is raised, we’ll be working with Loch Ness Productions to translate the show into many languages and to create a ‘flat screen’ HD version for use in classrooms and by educational outreach professionals who want to bring the message of dark skies to their classrooms, science centers and communities.”

IDA is the only non-profit working to address light pollution around the world. Among its efforts, the organization provides information brochures, workshops, a model lighting ordinance, manages a night sky conservation program, and awards the distinguished IDA Fixture Seal of Approval to applicants with lighting fixtures that are dark-sky friendly.

Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin ([email protected]) is a leading journalist, publicist, strategist, blogger, content marketing specialist and connector in the international attractions industry. She excels at writing about all aspects of design and technical design, production and project management. Areas of special interest include AV integration and show control, lighting design and acoustics, specialty cinema, digital video and world’s fairs. Judith has ties to numerous industry organizations. From 2005-2020 she ran communications, publications and social media for the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). In 2013, she was honored with the TEA Service Award. She was development director of IMERSA, and co-chair of the 2014 IMERSA Summit. She was publicist for the Large Format Cinema Association in the 1990s, now part of the Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) and has also contributed to the publications of PLASA, IAAPA and the International Planetarium Society. Already making her mark as a magazine and book editor, Judith joined World’s Fair magazine in 1987, which introduced her to the attractions industry. Launching as a freelancer in the mid 1990s she has contributed to dozens of publications and media outlets including Funworld, Lighting&Sound America, Sound & Communications, Urban Land, The Raconteur and The Planetarian. She joined InPark in 2010. Judith earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute. She has lived in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area, and now makes her home in Saint Louis, where she is active in the local arts and theater community.

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