Help Preserve Nantucket's Starry Nights

Nothing can beat the magic of the Nantucket sky on a clear night. Thirty miles at sea, far from the glow of major cities, the island can feel at times like an ocean liner, alone beneath a canopy of stars. It’s a view to stir the soul. But that velvety blackness, and the celestial bodies it reveals, could be lost to us.

Unfortunately, light pollution on Nantucket has increased 2.4% each year since 2012, according to satellite data obtained, and if we don't do something now, future generations may no longer be able to see the Milky Way, shooting stars, and the constellations.  

Excessive artificial light at night also has adverse effects on wildlife and plants, our quality of life, our health and our safety. It also wastes energy, a precious commodity on the island.
Nantucket Lights (, a citizen advocacy group founded in 2021, aims to do something about that. With a diverse steering committee that includes year-round as well as seasonal residents, its mission is to preserve and protect Nantucket’s nighttime environment and heritage of dark skies by raising awareness about light pollution on the island and advocating for environmentally responsible outdoor lighting. Ultimately, it hopes Nantucket will be able to meet the requirements to be designated a “Dark Sky Community” by the International Dark Sky Association.
We hope you'll help us by making a donation as well as using the "Share" button to let others know about our campaign.

Donations will help pay for educational materials, bumper stickers, public service announcements, community dark-sky events, consultations with outdoor lighting experts, and sky quality meters to track the evolution of light pollution on the island, among other things.  

Every donation -- no matter how large or small -- will be greatly appreciated!  

Please note that your donation WILL NOT BE TAX DEDUCTIBLE.  Nantucket Lights is a nonprofit corporation but it has applied for 501(c)(4) status -- rather than 501(c)(3) status -- to allow it to advocate for the adoption of legislation and local ordinances that will help preserve Nantucket's dark skies.  Donations to 501(c)(4) organizations are not tax deductible under IRS rules and regulations. We hope you'll still choose to donate!

Photo courtesy of Bill Hoenk,
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