Astronomy is one of the oldest natural sciences, developed by early civilisations around the world. Since humans has looked up at the sky and observed the stars, there has been established a relationship of fascination and wonder. Even without precision instruments or a basic understanding of the physical laws that govern the universe, early civilisations used stars to navigate, record the passage of time, plan rituals, and sow crops, all based on simple observations of the starry night sky.

Today natural darkness is a rare sight. The increasing light pollution has robbed us of a sky once filled to the brim with stars. Since the first electric street lamps were lit in Paris almost 150 years ago, we have increasingly spoiled the night sky. Throughout human history, the night sky has inspired science, religion, philosophy, art, and literature. Without the dark and starry night, we would not have the basic prerequisites for works of art like Vincent van Gogh’s “The Starry Night” or crucial scientific discoveries like the Danish astronomer Ole Rømer’s discovery of the speed of light. There are few places left in the world where one can still experience the unspoiled a clear and dark night sky, which is a valuable natural, scientific, and cultural resource that we should preserve.

The project is based on a community dark sky observatory, located in the hilly ice age landscape of East Møn that has granted status as a Dark Sky Park and Dark Sky Community. With this project we critically examined the increasing light pollution and created a collective place that communicates the importance of natural darkness and contributes to the preservation of our universal cultural heritage, such as the starry sky. The intention of the project is to support the local community and create a framework for astronomy enthusiasts to meet and share their fascination and knowledge with other visitors. We want to give the night back to the people and create a place where one can come and let the infinite view and darkness envelop and inspire oneself, as it has done for millennia.

This project is done together with Stinus Bertelsen.