‘Natural History of the Night’
The Montana Natural History Center is pleased to announce a First Friday Gallery Opening for photographer John Ashley.
Friday, May 6, 4:30-6:30 pm
Illustrated Artist Lecture 6:30-7:30 pm.
Our natural day/night cycle has shifted dramatically due to the growth of artificial lighting at night. Today three out of four of the world’s children cannot see the Milky Way from where they live due to light pollution. Fortunately, people took notice and the night sky preservation movement was born.
The first step towards bringing back the night sky is realizing what’s been lost. Much of Montana still harbors dark, star-filled skies, and my nighttime photographs remind us of what’s at stake. Dancing northern lights, awe-inspiring comets, the shimmering arc of the Milky Way, and much more. Natural darkness is our shared heritage that our children’s children deserve to inherit.
John’s book, “Glacier National Park After Dark,” is an excellent introduction to night sky conservation, capturing nearly three decades of photographing Montana’s starry skies.