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Friday, January 11, 2019



in support of

International Dark-Sky association

Texas Chapter

IDA Texas seeks to educate the public about light pollution,

engage citizens and public officials in reducing or eliminating light pollution,

and make lasting changes in the way Texans view outdoor lighting.

The funds raised at this event will help IDA Texas

  1. Maintain the IDA Texas website.

  2.  create and distribute educational materials.

  3. host special events to raise awareness of light pollution.

  4. Support the Better Lights Grant Fund which provides assistance to individuals, organizations, and businesses to replace or retrofit existing fixtures to reduce light pollution.


event participants

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Our venue

scobee education center

at San Antonio College

The Scobee Education Center at San Antonio College is a 22,000 square foot facility combining the Scobee Planetarium, a first-of-its-kind, next-generation Challenger Learning Center and a rooftop star deck and observatory. 

The Center was established in memory of the lives of the seven crew members of the Space Shuttle Challenger/STS-51L "Teacher in Space" mission and named after shuttle commander Francis R. (Dick) Scobee and his family.  Both Commander Scobee and his wife, Dr. June Scobee Rodgers, were students at San Antonio College. 

The Scobee Education Center aims to carry on the Space Shuttle Challenger crew's educational mission - to spark interest and joy in science, technology, engineering and math.  The Scobee Education Center is dedicated to enriching the lives of children and adults alike by fostering a love of science and astronomy through hands-on and minds-on experiential education.

Opened in October 2014, the Scobee Education Center has quickly become a hub for space science education in the South Texas region.


Our film

The City Dark



THE CITY DARK chronicles the disappearance of darkness. When filmmaker Ian Cheney moves to New York City and discovers skies almost completely devoid of stars, a simple question – what do we lose, when we lose the night? – spawns a journey to America’s brightest and darkest corners. Astronomers, cancer researchers, ecologists and philosophers provide glimpses of what is lost in the glare of city lights. Blending a humorous, searching tone with poetic footage of the night sky, what unravels is an introduction to the science of the dark, and an exploration of the human relationship to the stars.

Nationwide PBS Broadcast on "POV"
New York Times Critics' Pick
Grand Jury Prize for Best Feature, Environmental Film Festival at Yale
Jury Prize for Best Score/Music, SXSW Film Festival
Mountainfilm in Telluride
Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital
Indianapolis Film Festival
Woods Hole Film Festival
Bryce Canyon Astronomy Festival
Maui International Film Festival
Independent Film Festival, Boston
Geek Film Festival
Princeton Environmental Film Festival
San Francisco Green Film Festival
Durango Independent Film Festival
EcoFocus Film Festival
Talking Pictures Festival
Tales from Planet Earth Festival
Ecofalante Environmental Film Festival
Reel Earth Film Festival
Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam
Lund International Architecture Film Festival (Sweden)
Environmental Film Festival Australia

The City Dark will be screened indoors in the Scobee Education Center Planetarium.

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Our artists

(not in attendance)

herb kane


Jon lomberg

Jon Lomberg (L) & Herb Kane (R)


Artist Jon Lomberg was Carl Sagan's colleague on the TV series COSMOS and the film CONTACT.  He won an EMMY Award and has an asteroid officially named Asteroid Lomberg in his honor.  He was Design Director for NASA's legendary Voyager Golden Record, and has sent artwork to Mars aboard NASA's Phoenix, Spirit, Opportunity, and Curiosity spacecraft.  A Big Island resident since 1987, Mr. Lomberg works with the Mauna Kea Observatories in astronomy outreach, including tours of his Galaxy Garden, the world's first large-scale explorable model of the Milky Way.  See and


Herb Kawainui Kāne is one of Hawaii's best known artists, famous for his vivid depictions of life in ancient Hawaii.  His artwork can be seen in books, US postage stamps, and murals in schools and other institutions.  He has made maps and artwork for the National Geographic Society Magazine.  Mr. Kane was deeply involved in the design of the voyaging canoe Hokule'a.  He was the first skipper of that canoe and sailed on its first voyages.  A historian as well as an artist, Herb Kane's ability to bring the past alive in his artwork has contributed greatly to Hawaiian culture over the past decades.  Mr. Kane died in 2011.  See


Our artists have graciously contributed two works for a charity raffle to be held at the event.  



DAWN OF LIGHT | Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, Hawai'i



SKYGLOW is Harun Mehmedinovic & Gavin Heffernan


Harun is a regular video and photography contributor to BBC Earth, and has contributed photographs, videos and VR to Vogue ItaliaNational GeographicAstronomy MagazineBBC TravelDiscovery Science, and Blindfold Magazine. Harun’s photography work has been featured by various media outlets, including The New York TImes, Wired, Time, Forbes, NPR, CNN, Gizmodo, Slate, Los Angeles TimesLA WeeklyVice, and Washington Post. It has also been the subject of a TEDx Talk.

Harun is the author of three books, portrait series Seance and Persona, as well as the Astrophotography Book and Timelapse Series: SKYGLOW. His videos have been used at various events, most notably by The Rolling Stones on their ZIP CODE tour & 2016 tour, Pink Floyd's Roger Waters 2016 Tour, Desert Trip Concert, Paul Simon's 2018 Farewell Tour, and Cosmic Gate music video "am2pm," and National Park Service’s “100 Years” centennial video; among others.

Harun’s photograph of the cloud-inverted Grand Canyon was listed among the 2015 best travel photos of the year by National Geographic, and in 2016, he was on the BBC Earth Instagram team that won a Webby Award for “Best Photography and Graphics.”

Prior to his venture into photography, Harun’s film In the Name of the Son premiered at Telluride Film Festival and won over thirty international awards, including Shanghai, Savannah, and Cleveland film festivals. It was the first live action short film to receive an exclusive screening for the members of United States Congress on Capitol Hill.

Recently, Harun began work as a cinematographer on Ice on Fire, a Leonardo DiCaprio-produced documentary for HBO and provided visuals for Akicita, a documentary film set to premiere at Sundance Film Festival in January 2018.  

Follow Harun:
Instagram: @skyglowproject
Twitter: @skyglowproject
Facebook: Harun Mehmedinovic

Gavin is a filmmaker and screenwriter whose photography and timelapse work has been featured in many venues worldwide, including The Rolling Stones ZIP CODE tour & 2016 Desert Trip performances; the 2016 Roger Waters tour; and trance duo Cosmic Gate’s am2pm music video, which he co-directed with Mehmedinovic, whom he met while they were both attending the American Film Institute in Los Angeles.

Gavin’s timelapses can also be seen on Virgin America flights; BBC Earth; Bravo’s first scripted show Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce; the LA 2024 Olympics Bid; the National Park Service “100 Years” centennial video; and numerous media outlets such as TimeNational GeographicCBS NewsUSA Today, and Wired.

Borrego Springs, California named the 2014 edition of their annual town festival after Heffernan’s Borrego Stardance astrotimelapse, and October 25th was subsequently named “Gavin Heffernan Day” in San Diego County.

As a screenwriter, Gavin and writing partner Adam Robitel co-wrote Bad Hat Harry’s psychological horror feature, The Taking of Deborah Logan (2014), and helped rewrite Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension (2015) for Paramount Pictures. They are currently working on the upcoming Hong Kong sci-fi disaster film Imago (2017) for Cristal Pictures.

Follow Gavin:
Instagram: @gbheffernan
Twitter: @GavinHeffernan
Facebook: Sunchaser Pictures



tim the girl


Dan Cook, Composer & Conductor

featuring the premiere performance of

The Backbone of Night

a chamber symphony for 18 musicians