Highlights of Events Not to Be Missed!

See Miami Dark Sky calendar for additional events, as well as IDA's IDSW list of events worldwide

Fri, Apr 16, 8-9:30p - Night Skies at Biscayne NP (Convoy Point)

On the eve of National Park Week, come to Biscayne National Park at Convoy Point to celebrate the night sky & to learn why darkness is important for all living creatures. There will be educational ranger programs, family activities, and a special Night Explorer Jr Ranger event. Reservations required, participation will be capped at 50. Call Dante Fascell Visitor Center: (305) 230-1144. Face coverings required and safe social distancing. Wear closed, comfortable shoes, clothes that can get dirty, and bring/wear sunscreen and bug spray. The park gate will open at 7:30 p.m. for registered attendees. More info at FB page or website.

Sat, Apr 24, 6-9p - Full Moon Bike Ride at Everglades NP (Shark Valley)

Experience the Everglades at night under the glow of a full moon, listen to the night soundscape and bike away from the lights of the city. 15-mile bike ride. Bring your own bicycle. Program is ~ 3 hrs. Reservations required one week in advance. Call 305-221-8776. Details here or at the park's FB page. For directions, click here.

All of April - Homestead Cybrarium virtual reality (VR) experiences

Enjoy the wonder of the night sky in virtual reality 3D, incl. our Moon, constellations and stars; Moon landings; lunar rover rides; rocket launches and of the ISS tours! VR programs include: CAPCOM GO! Apollo VR Planetarium, Moonbuggy VR and SpaceEngine. For details on hours and how to get a Cybrarium card, visit website or call 305.224.4410

Also enjoy storytime videos at the cybrarium with Ms. Patty.

Highlights of Previous Events

Fri, Apr 9, 8:00p - Wonders of the Universe Revealed (virtual star party)

Free event by FIU Stocker AstroScience Center. RSVP HERE for zoom link. Why would an astronomer build an astronomical observatory in light-polluted Miami? Hear the fun story from the not-so-crazy astronomer (Dr. Webb) on how Stocker AstroScience Center came to be, and why it is a valuable asset to FIU students and the Miami-Dade & South Florida community. Learn about South Florida's only research-grade telescope while also learning about the issue of light pollution. Explore the cosmos and find the answer to the question: "Why did we need an observatory in a light-polluted urban area like Miami?" - Remote viewing from Stocker AstroScience Center afterward, if weather permits.

Wed, Apr 7, 6:30-7:30pm - Light Pollution & Wildlife

View webinar here. Hosted by Tropical Audubon Society.

Learn about the impacts of light pollution on birds, bats, turtles, fireflies and other insects, as well as efforts to address this critical issue. Moderator: Paul Gray (Audubon FL)/ Panelists: Frank Ridgley (Zoo Miami); Dr. Oliver Keller (FL Dept of Agriculture and Consumer Services); Brian Rapoza (Tropical Audubon Society); Melquisedec Gamba-Rios, PhD (Bat Conservation International); Leanne Hauptman (Miami-Dade Sea Turtle Conservation Program)

Tue, Apr 6, 6p - FL's Worsening Light Pollution & The Urgency to Engage

Free virtual talk by Sierra Club & IDA FL. RSVP HERE for meeting link.

For copy of presentation, contact diana . umpierre @sierraclub.org

A brief introduction to the growing light pollution issues happening in Florida (esp. in SE FL), why it matters in a metropolis like Miami, and why there's an urgency for grassroots engagement. Speakers include: Diana Umpierre (Sierra Club Everglades Restoration Organizer and former board member/ president of the International Dark-Sky Association) and other invited guests. (40-min session with brief Q&A).