Dark Sky Conversations

Saturday 18 September


Saturday 18 September




Dark Sky Project



A book and art festival set in the middle of an International Dark Sky Reserve organically demands a panel discussion about stars, light and light pollution. Our three panellists look at the night sky from different perspectives. Naomi Arnold, a science writer and journalist, will talk about her popular book Southern Nights. She wrote this book as a journalist – she is not an astronomer – therefore her journey into astronomy is one many readers can relate to. Researcher and writer Kyra Xavia will talk about the wellbeing benefits of natural light and how this is interwoven with her love of darkness at night. Professor John Hearnshaw has recently released the New Zealand Dark Sky Handbook, a manual for people interested in the protection of dark skies. He will talk about the environmental impact of light pollution