Apache Corp. gifted $257,000 to the University of Texas’ McDonald Observatory to help with the prevention of light pollution in dark West Texas skies – which are often used for research.
The funds will hire additional staff to create resources for the dark skies programs that allow the observatory to collaborate with city councils, county governments and businesses to promote good lighting solutions, according to a release from the observatory. It also will assist with the funding of educational materials and outreach events, as well as a new permanent exhibit on dark sky preservation at the observatory.
“The McDonald Observatory is an invaluable asset for astronomers across the globe. We are thankful for their team and their tremendous work in research and education, and we want to help ensure the observatory’s future success,” John Christmann, Apache CEO and president, wrote in the release. “We look forward to continuing our partnership to keep the night sky dark by sharing lighting best practices with others in the region.”
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