Earth Hour 2014


The night sky – beautiful, mysterious and “infinite”. The band of the Milky Way made up of numerous twinkling points of light. Over the years the night sky has “disappeared” and its wonders lay hidden behind the glow of light pollution from growing towns and cities.

Ballarat still has good views of the Night Sky. Overseas visitors from Germany, Japan, China, England and elsewhere, are amazed at the amount of stars they can see. As Ballarat grows, good planning is required to keep our night sky dark. By preserving our forests and green corridors, by addressing the growing electricity bill that Councils have and by being inventive in how this can be done with regard to reduced street lighting in environmentally friendly new developments and refurbishment of old suburbs, funds can be diverted into other ares for use by the community.

To mark Earth Hour staff and members of the Ballarat Observatory will be running and ongoing light pollution survey to measure how light from different parts of the city contribute to making the wonders of the night sky invisible.

Join us on the 29th of March at 8:30pm when the lights are switched off, to witness the glory of the night sky.

The event is run in conjunction with our Starry Autumn Night event – click here for details