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First Friday Astronomy: The wonder of the Central Idaho Dark Sky Reserve

Friday, Nov. 4, 2022 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm MDT

Photo of the Milky Way above Redfish Lake and the mountains in central Idaho

Friday, Nov. 4, 2022, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Multipurpose Classroom Building, Room 101

Join Boise State Physics on Friday, Nov. 4, 2022, at 7:30 p.m. in the Multipurpose Classroom Building, room 101 at Boise State for the free and public event to hear Carol Cole of the Central Idaho Dark Sky Reserve talk about the priceless resource we have in our backyard and how we can protect it.

Across the country, more than 80% of the population resides in cities and urban areas where light pollution obscures their view of the stars. One third of the world’s population can not see the Milky Way according to research.

People from all over the world treasure Idaho’s Central Idaho Dark Sky Reserve and visit our state to experience the wonder of the starry night sky.

The International Dark-Sky Association designated the Central Idaho Dark Sky Reserve in December 2017 and awarded the area Gold Tier status – their highest ranking for night sky quality. The Reserve works to preserve the natural nighttime experience, conserve robust natural ecosystems, enhance local scientific and educational opportunities through astronomy and much more.

This lecture will be live-streamed on Youtube at Those attending the live-stream are welcome and encouraged to ask questions via chat.

After the lecture we will stargaze in Boise State’s observatory, weather permitting. An indoor planetarium may be set up in case stargazing is not an option.

Your donation at helps fund these events. The Department of Physics and the NASA Central Idaho Dark Sky Reserve STEM Network present this event.