Wimberley ISD debuts ‘dark sky-friendly’ lights at football stadium

Wimberley ISD debuts ‘dark sky-friendly’ lights at football stadium
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REGISTER.2-SALLY:2-SALLY:THE FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS IN WIMBERLEY ARE GETTING AN UPGRADE.THE TEXANS WILL PLAY THEIR FIRST HOME GAME OF THE SEASON TONIGHT.. UNDER BRAND NEW DARK-SKY-FRIENDLY STADIUM LIGHTS.2-JOHN:CHRIS DAVIS JOINS US LIVE FROM HAYS COUNTY TO EXPLAIN.CHRIS:JOHN, SALLY.. YOU MIGHT REMEMBER OVER THE SUMMER WIMBERLEY WAS DESIGNATED AN INTERNATIONAL DARK SKY CITY.. BASICALLY THAT COMES DOWN TO A COMMITMENT TO GETTING RID OF LIGHT POLLUTION TO SEE THE STARS BETTER.THESE STADIUM LIGHTS ARE OFF RIGHT NOW.. AND THAT’S PART OF THIS.. TURNING THEM OFF WHEN THEY’RE NOT NEEDED SO THE STARS AT NIGHT ARE STILL BIG AND BRIGHT.BUT EVEN WHEN THEY’RE ON.. THESE NEW LIGHTS ARE DARK SKY FRIENDLY.”OOOHHH!” WHEN IT’S NOT IN USE.. BLUE HOLE REGIONAL PARK’S SOCCER FIELDS MAKE FOR PRIME STAR PARTY GROUNDS.SHANNON DU PLESSIS: “THIS IS ONE OF THE DARK PLACES IN WIMBERLEY.” SHANNON DU PLESSIS IS CHAIRMAN OF THE DARK SKY COMMITTEE HERE..THEIR FIRST STAR PARTY HAPPENED HERE THIS SUMMER. SHANNON DU PLESSIS: “AND THEY HAD TELESCOPES JUST SPACED OUT, YOU KNOW, HERE, AND THEN SOME OVER HERE AND HERE.”SHE SAYS PEOPLE ARE REALLY BUYING INTO THE DARK SKY THING.. LOOKING FOR WAYS THEY CAN KEEP LIGHT ONLY WHERE THEY NEED IT. SHANNON DU PLESSIS: “AND THEN WE HAVE COMPANIES, LOCAL BUSINESSES, THAT ARE CHANGING THEIR LIGHTS TO BE DARK SKY COMPLIANT.”THAT’S WHAT WIMBERLEY ISD DID.THEY REPLACED THE 30-YEAR-OLD LIGHTS THIS SUMMER.THE NEW ONES REDUCE BLUE LIGHT EMISSIONS.DEYANIRA ROMO ROSSELL: “THEY ARE SHIELDED, AND THEY ONLY LIGHT PORTIONS OF WHERE THEY ARE NEEDED.” “READY!”KICKOFF TONIGHT WON’T LOOK THAT DIFFERENT TO FANS.. BUT IT WILL TO SKY-WATCHERS. DEYANIRA ROMO ROSSELL: “YOU’LL BE ABLE TO LOOK UP AT THE SKY AND ACTUALLY SEE THE BIG DIPPER AND YOU KNOW ENJOY OUR BIG BRIGHT SKY.”SHANNON DU PLESSIS: “I THINK EVERYONE CAN PICTURE IN THEIR MINDS HOW BRIGHT STADIUM LIGHTS ARE.”DU PLESSIS IS PLEASED TO SEE THE PROGRESS.. BUT THERE’S ALWAYS MORE WORK..SHANNON DU PLESSIS: “AND PEOPLE THINK THAT WE’VE GOTTEN THE DESIGNATION AND YAY, THAT’S GREAT AND NOW WE CAN REST. WELL, NOT REALLY, WE HAVE TO KEEP IT.”TO KEEP THEIR STAR PARTIES.. STELLAR.CHRIS: THE LIGHTS COST THE DISTRICT 300-THOUSAND DOLLARS..THE MONEY WAS PART OF A BOND VOTERS IN WIMBERLEY PASSED BACK IN MAY.BACK TO YOU.3-JOHN: THERE ARE 20 DARK SKY CITIES- CERTIFIED BY THE INTERNATIONAL DARK SKY COMMUNITIES.THREE OF THEM ARE HERE IN CENTRAL TEXAS… WIMBERLEY, DRIPPING SPRINGS, AND HORSESHOE BAY. FIRST WARNING WEATHER AND TRAFFIC

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