Posters by Dr. Tyler Nordgren
Artist, astronomer and night sky ambassador, Dr. Tyler Nordgren has worked with the U.S. National Parks Service since 1995 to promote astronomy education, and to raise awareness that the natural nocturnal sky is an important component of the grandeur of our national parks.
“When we think of protecting natural landscapes we picture those vistas during the time that we normally see them: by day. But half the “day” happens at night. Light pollution, the wasted artificial lighting from cities and towns which has rendered the Milky Way and stars virtually invisible, also shines every night into our protected lands. In many of these places, including national parks, the animals that hunt, feed, breed, and give birth at night, no longer experience true darkness. Even we humans are profoundly affected by the quality of natural night. Imagine your favorite wilderness landscape. Now imagine that when the sun sets that instead of sleeping by the light of a million stars, you were instead bathed in an orange urban glow with no more than a dozen stars feebly visible. Would we still call such a place natural? The natural sky at night is now as rare to us as glaciers and grizzly bears and if we do not actively protect it, we will be in danger of letting it slip away like so much else we hold dear in the world around us.”
~ Dr. Tyler Nordgren
To draw our attention to the vistas above the horizon, Dr. Nordgren developed this beautiful “See the Milky Way” poster campaign, with a nod to the WPA National Park Service Posters tradition. He reminds visitors that “half the park is after dark.”
About Dr. Tyler Nordgren
Dr. Tyler Nordgren is a Full Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Redlands, and author on subjects ranging from dark matter in galaxies to the pulsation of stars that are the foundation of our understanding of the size and age of the Universe. An award-winning photographer, Nordgren’s book “Stars Above, Earth Below: A Guide to Astronomy in the National Parks” is spreading the message of the importance of protecting the night sky.
View the full “See the Milky Way” Poster Collection