8/6/2014 12:01:00 AM Harbor Springs tops in 'Lights Out' challenge
The communities of Harbor Springs and Mackinaw City achieved greater darkness over their cross-lake peers on the night of July 29 during Emmet County's Annual Lights Out Northern Michigan Challenge!
Each year, Emmet County and its Headlands International Dark Sky Park initiate this fun, friendly, community-building challenge between the towns of Petoskey and Harbor Springs and Mackinaw City and St. Ignace. The goal: To see which town can achieve greater darkness, as measured by a sky quality meter before the event and during.
In southern Emmet County, the event is called the Lights Out Across the Bay Challenge; up north, it's Lights Out Across the Straits. It's timed each year to coincide with a meteor shower; this year's event took place during the peak of the Delta Aquarids.
"Congratulations to all of the communities that took part, switched off their lights and enjoyed the starshine on this beautiful night!" said Mary Stewart Adams, Dark Sky Park Program Director. Adams said all four communities have light meter readings in a range that indicate "Northern Michigan is already making great strides toward protecting the night sky."
The communities of Harbor Springs and Mackinaw City will be given awards at a date in the near future!
For more information about the annual Lights Out Challenge events and Dark Sky Park programming at the Headlands, visit www.emmetcounty.org/darkskypark/