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Astronomy festival in Marrakech calls for sky preservation from pollution under the Atlas starry skies 

Written by FDM

From October 16 to 28, Marrakech will host the astronomy festival’s 19th edition under the theme “The sky, a heritage to safeguard”.

Affiche officiel : un festival pour la sauvegarde d'un patrimoine, le ciel nocturne

Publiée par 3AM : Association Astronomie Amateur Marrakech sur Vendredi 12 octobre 2018

80% of humanity lives under skies flooded with artificial light, specifies a statement from the Amateur Astronomy Association of Marrakech (3AM), organizers of the festival. “Beyond a degradation of the starry sky, what are the effects that this light pollution have on the fauna, the flora and the human health?” is the association’s main concern.

Various workshops and activities for young and old generations are thus scheduled for the occasion. On the sidelines of the festival, an international workshop on light pollution is expected to promote the project of creating a starry sky reserve in the High Atlas Mountains, near Oukaimeden ‘s University Astronomical Observatory, and to raise the citizens’ awareness and especially school actors of the importance of preserving the sky from pollution and other phenomena that threaten it.

For each edition, the festival is organized by “3AM” in collaboration with several partners such as the Semlalia Faculty of Sciences, the French Institute of Marrakech, the University Astronomical Observatory of Oukaimeden , the Laboratory of High Energy Physics and Astrophysics, and the cultural spaces of Marrakech’s Atlas Golf and Dar Saida.