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  • The Fox Valley Astronomical Society will lead a "Learn from the Experts" program on excessive outdoor illumination and the night sky on Dec. 4.

       The Fox Valley Astronomical Society will lead a "Learn from the Experts" program on excessive outdoor illumination and the night sky on Dec. 4.
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Learn about the night sky -- and how excessive outdoor illumination has impacted our society -- at a Dec. 4 "Learn from the Experts" nature program.

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Experiencing the night sky is part of the common heritage of mankind. Excessive outdoor illumination prevents us from experiencing the night sky as our ancestors did just a few decades ago. At the same time, modern technologies have made the beauty of deep-space accessible as never before, albeit on an indirect basis.

Members of the Fox Valley Astronomical Society will lead this evening program and discuss ways in which these opposing trends can be balanced on a personal and philosophical basis. The program will include a lecture and viewing outside with telescopes.

"Learn about the Night Sky: A Missing Component of Modern Mankind's Heritage" will be from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, at Peck Farm Park, 38W199 Kaneville Road in Geneva.

Registration for this "Learn from the Experts" program is $15 per person and is for those age 16 and older. To register, call (847) 741-8350 or email programs@kaneforest.com.

For information, visit www.kaneforest.com or www.fvastro.org.

The Fox Valley Astronomical Society will host its next public star party at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 in the Peck Farm parking lot.

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