Tuscon will be joining the rest of the world in Earth Hour. Next Saturday night between the hours of 8:30 p.m and 9:30 p.m. everyone is asked to turn their lights off and join astronomers in watching the night skies. In Tucson and the surrounding area, night light pollution and smog have decreased the visibility for observatories. At one time lights were kept dim here in Tucson but now shopping malls and cars are actually effecting the night sky visibility.
Local events are being stages on or near the University of Arizona campus. Restaurants on 4th Avenue will serve candle light dinners and students or the young at heart will thrown glow-in-the-dark Frisbees. Dark beer will be served in places like Bison Witches and Delectables. The university will be dimming campus lights and large neon signs at Fox Theater will be turned off. Pima County Court House will also dim their lights.
Earth Hour's darkness will enlighten billions
by Tom Beal
Arizona Daily Star, Wednesday March 25.2009