Looking to the stars opens our understanding of the world and our place in it. Following zero waste principles whilst engaging in astronomy is easier because star gazing equipment is not built to be used once and thrown away.

Electronic Resources
When engaging astronomical material, use online and electronic resources, instead of continually buying paper star charts and books. The Astronomical Society of the Pacific offers a plethora of Educational Resources that can be accessed via mobile devices or downloaded to a tablet. The Scientific References Services of the Library of Congress also offers numerous resources to help you enjoy astronomy while staying true to the principles of zero waste.

Industry Action
Some astronomers like those at Maunakea in Hawaii are taking measures to reduce their waste. And, in case you didn’t know, according to NASA  – Stars Pollute, but Galaxies Recycle.

Chabot Space & Science Center
A local jewel in the Bay Area is the Chabot Space & Science Center, located in Oakland. They offer complimentary admission to the Observatory Deck on Friday and Saturday evenings (weather permitting and pending special events). Chabot boasts three telescopes on its observatory deck: Nellie, Rachel, and Leah. Chabot does a great job at educating its patrons about reducing waste.

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