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Open Mic Science presents 'The City Dark'

Open Mic Science presents a viewing of “The City Dark” at 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1 at the Treehouse Café.

Stephen Ruhl of the Battle Point Astronomical Association will present this feature documentary film about light pollution and the disappearing night sky.

“The City Dark” premiered in competition at the 2011 South by Southwest Film Festival, where it won the Jury Prize for Best Score/Music. After moving to light-polluted New York City from rural Maine, filmmaker Ian Cheney asks: “Do we need the dark?” Exploring the threat of killer asteroids in Hawaii, tracking hatching turtles along the Florida coast, and rescuing injured birds on Chicago streets, Cheney unravels the myriad implications of a globe glittering with lights—including increased breast cancer rates from exposure to light at night, and a generation of kids without a glimpse of the universe above.

The film features stunning astrophotography and a cast of eclectic scientists, philosophers, historians and lighting designers.

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