Mission

Dark night skies, of profound importance to the planet and often inspiring lyrical responses from its human inhabitants, are at risk.

Based at the University of Utah but affiliated with a number of colleges and universities, The Consortium for Dark Sky Studies (CDSS) is dedicated to the discovery, development, communication, and application of knowledge across a wide range of disciplines and professional fields pertaining to the quality of night skies, growing light pollution and the varied human, animal, and environmental responses to the “disappearing dark.” 

With its expansive institutional and disciplinary scope, CDSS examines both the science and culture of the night skies.


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