Next week, members of two international organizations dealing with the issue of light pollution will convene in Snowbird, Utah.

The state of Utah is at the forefront of a global movement to protect the disappearing dark.

The state's success in stewarding the natural nighttime environment compelled the two leading organizations dedicated to studying and advocating for dark skies to hold their annual gatherings in Utah.

The International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) 30th Annual General Meeting will be held Nov. 9-10, immediately followed by the University of Utah-based Consortium for Dark Sky Studies (CDSS) bringing global scientists and researchers of Artificial Light at Night (ALAN) together for the ALAN 2018 International conference Nov. 12-14.

The Wasatch Mountains form the dividing line between the Wasatch Front, as light polluted as the Los Angeles Basin, and the Wasatch Back, which boasts multiple parks in the process of becoming accredited International Dark Sky Parks," said Dave Kieda, dean of the U's Graduate School and co-director of CDSS.

Its primary objective is to explore the interconnectedness of life in one of the last great reservoirs of dark sky in the developed world.

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