The stars at night are big and bright … for now.
But encroaching development and lights are making our views of the nightly heavens less heavenly.
But several communities and individuals are working to see that this part of the Hill Country can still focus upward for inspiration and awe at night and see the Milky Way in all its glory. A Dark Sky Reserve area is being planned with Enchanted Rock State Natural Area serving as its center.
The cities of Fredericksburg, Llano and Mason would be the outer borders of this reserve, and everything within would be dark-sky friendly. These three towns may enact volunteer and development-based policies to help keep that center core as dark as possible. Those include light management plans, a lighting inventory, measurement procedures, and, most of all, a commitment to dark skies and helping the public understand.
Read more from The Fredericksburg Standard here.