The Original Planetarium Star Show
No one can show the effects of light pollution and have as much impact on an audience as a planetarium. For this reason, the Southeastern Planetarium Association (SEPA) produced a mini star show, designed to be added to the beginning or the end of any star show. The program, approximately 11-minutes in length, is used to help promote proper lighting techniques, in addition to, educating the general public on the topic of light pollution.
Saving the Night, was written and narrated by astronomer/author David Levy. Jonn Serrie produced the soundtrack. The show features 29 original pieces of artwork, including 5 pans, provided by Edwin William Faughn of Memphis, TN. The International Dark Sky Association (IDA) provided additional visuals from their slide archives.
Funding for the project was provided by Magnaray International, a lighting company based in Sarasota, FL and Meade Instruments Corporation, the leading manufacturer of astronomical telescopes. Distribution of the star show began in June 2000.
The show kit included an annotated script, 64 color slides and stereo soundtrack on CD-ROM. This included a digital image folder containing all of the images used in the show and 2 versions of the show as a QuickTime movie. The image folder was provided to give flexibility in show production and/or future productions that meet the requirements of the copyright. The files are ideal for Power Point presentations etc.
The QuickTime movie was included with the CD in order to provide another programming option and opportunity for reaching additional audiences. The movie is ideal for presentation to service clubs, astronomy clubs, city, county and state government officials etc. or as a display. The Southeastern Planetarium Association (SEPA) is a member of the International Dark Sky Association (IDA) and urges all regions and their affiliates to join and help provide additional financial support for darker skies.
Saving the Night, the planetarium show, was presented in over 217 planetariums in 11 countries and 3 languages. The planetarium show kit is no longer available.
** Special Note: In 2005 the QuickTime movie was reproduced in a higher resolution DVD format and made available through the International Dark-Sky Association at: www.darksky.org/products/products.html for a small fee.