Light pollution is any unnecessary or excessive outdoor illumination. It robs us of the night sky’s beauty, negatively affects the ecosystem, and wastes energy. In this online presentation “Darkness in Distress” on Wednesday, November 2 from 7-8:30pm, learn how you can safely light up your home, business, and community without wasting energy, disturbing your neighbors, or creating an unhealthy environment for humans and wildlife.


Speaker Kelly Beatty has been explaining the science and wonder of astronomy to the public since 1974, when he joined the staff of Cambridge-based Sky & Telescope magazine. An award-winning writer and communicator, he holds a Bachelor’s degree from the California Institute of Technology and a Master’s degree in science journalism from Boston University. Kelly has been active in efforts to reduce light pollution for more than 30 years. The event is sponsored by the Newton Conservators.