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Dark Sky Festival - Harmony Town Center
Robert J Wiebel

According to the Dark Sky Festival Harmony organizing team, " The purpose of the Dark Sky Festival at Harmony is to expose the general public to the marvels of astronomy and the importance of protecting dark skies - not just for astronomy purposes, but also for the values that darkness provides to area wildlife.

Our entire family-friendly festival is held outdoors in low light conditions on the streets, sidewalks and park located in Harmony Town Square.

Due to Harmony's efforts and the support of the County Commissioners, an ordinance now requires new lighting in the County to be protective of dark skies. In a county that includes portions of Walt Disney World and has extensive brightly lit tourist commercial uses, this was a significant event in itself. In addition, all County facilities were retrofitted to better protect the night sky.

Harmony is an environmentally intelligent community located in Central Florida and was chosen as the site for the Dark Sky Festival for several reasons:

Harmony Town Square, where the event is held, is in an area rated as Class 4 on the Bortle Scale of Light." There will be two special nights of festivities, February 28th and March 1st. The Festival starts at 5:00 P.M. and goes until 10:00 P.M. Get there for a good parking spot.

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So until next time, be safe in the sun and have a great day in the great outdoors.

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