Jak już wielokrotnie wspominaliśmy, rok 2015 jest Międzynarodowym Rokiem Światła zorganizowanym przez UNESCO. Jedną z imprez mu towarzyszących był piknik naukowy zorganizowany 29 maja w Powiatowym Zespole nr 6 Szkół Zawodowych i Ogólnokształcących pod hasłem „Wiedza to światło”, gdzie wśród wielu zaproszonych wystawców znaleźliśmy się również my – Program Ciemne Niebo Polska.

duzo ludzi

FarewellIt is with deep regret that we inform you about death of our friend Julia Romanowska - a longtime member of Polaris - OPP Association, as well as Dark Sky Poland programme's co-founder and activist.



12th European Symposium for the Protection of the Night Sky

Bielsko-Biala, 13-15.09.2012r., POLAND







After many years of efforts and numerous administrative and organizational problems, we have arrived - in the area of Sopot Wielki in the municipality Jeleśnia (CN-001), the street lighting under the dark sky in the Żywiec Landscape Park was started. Modernization will be subjected to more than 150 lighting packs throughout the city, including the installation of new booms and luminaires with power reducers. Works started on August 29, 2011. And they will last for the next few days. The project is co-financed by the Rural Development Program 2007-2013 Axis IV of the LEADER program and the National Action "1% on astronomy".

On the 29th of September 2009 a session of The Borough Council of Jeleśnia (Żywiec County) took place, during which a first of this kind written agreement concerning the dark sky protection was reached between the local government and The POLARIS-OPP Association from Sopotnia Wielka. Following the principles of the agreement, both sides decided to cooperate in the field of temporary abatement of artificial light pollution of the dark sky, and also to implement the Leader+ program strategies later on. Sopotnia Wielka will be the first area to be included in the actions following the forementioned agreement.

 We enter the new year 2009, which is the International Astonomy Year, with good news coming from Palowice – a place near Żory (Silesian Voivodeship). Thanks to the efforts of "O.M. Venatorae Astrum", a group of astronomy enthusiasts, and the POLARIS-OPP Association, it was possible to close the old year with completing the replacement of street lamp fittings (fixtures) with ones that protect the nocturnal sky from artificial light pollution. Palowice was thereby registered as area CN-002 – yet another example of how to effectively protect the dark sky for future astronomical observations.

The Izera Dark-Sky Park was established on the 4th of November 2009. The realization of this project, which is innovative on a European scale, is possible thanks to the collaboration between Polish and Czech institutions. This transboundary dark sky park is the first one in the world, it occupies a territory of almost 75 square kilometres – on both Polish and Chech side of the Izera Mountains. The Izera Dark-Sky Park (IDSP) was established as part of International Year of Astronomy 2009.



CN-003, Izera Valley

Editor: Artur Lech                                                                                                   06 Nov. 2009

Area CN-003: (IPCN)
Location: boundary part of the Izera valley and the Jizerka valley.
Action taken by: The Astronomical Institute of the University of Wrocław, Astronomical Institute of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, The Forest Inspectorate of Świeradów Zdrój, The Forest Inspectorate of Szklarska Poręba, Protected Landscape Area Jizerské hory  and  Liberec Regional Directorate of Czech Republic Forests


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