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‘What Future for Britain’s Dark Skies’ - Bob Mizon MBE

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‘What Future for Britain’s Dark Skies’

Bob Mizon MBE

Summary: Bob Mizon discusses the state of Britain's night skies, the threat to our view of the stars from modern lighting, and solutions to light pollution. The LED revolution currently occurring in outdoor lighting could easily have reversed the tide of wasted light that has blighted the starry sky over the developed world - but have LEDs made it worse?

Bob Mizon is a graduate in modern languages, but is much better known as an astronomer. Having taught French for 26 years at Poole Grammar School, where he met his wife Pam, he embarked on a daring career change in 1996. Responding to a lifelong love of astronomy, he is now a planetarium operator, taking a mobile dome into schools, youth groups and societies all over southern England. Over 150,000 people have experienced a tour of the Universe with Bob at the controls. Bob is best known in the scientific and environmental community as the co-ordinator of the British Astronomical Association’s Commission for Dark Skies, which aims to turn back the tide of light pollution that has seriously affected our view of the stars over the last fifty years. Glare, light intrusion and skyglow have become the norm nowadays, a situation hardly compatible with a society which is supposed to be saving energy and protecting the environment. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society in 1985, and has been associated with the Wessex Astronomical Society in various offices for many years. In 2010 Bob was awarded the MBE for his work in astronomy and environmental education. He is a STEM* Ambassador, seeking opportunities to bring astronomy to both adult and young people’s groups in the South. An active observer of the night sky, Bob lectures to astronomy societies and groups all over the country. He writes astronomy books, and translates them from French. Other activities in which he involves himself are the growing of bonsai trees, Egyptology, and painting of astronomical subjects.

(*STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths educational organisation)

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You are welcome to join us for afternoon tea and pre-lecture discussions in the 'Wessex Restaurant' from 16:00 to 16:25

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