Apache donates to McDonald Observatory

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FORT DAVIS, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – Apache Corporation has given more than $200,000 to the McDonald Observatory to battle light pollution.

According to a release Wednesday, $257,000 in funds from Apache will be used to hire more staff for the Dark Skies Program, which informs local governments and businesses on light pollution, and for more educational resources and outreach efforts on light pollution.

”The McDonald Observatory is an invaluable asset for astronomers across the globe. We are thankful for their team and their tremendous work in research and education, and we want to help ensure the observatory’s future success,” said John Christmann, Apache CEO and president. “We look forward to continuing our partnership to keep the night sky dark by sharing lighting best practices with others in the region.”

Additionally, the funds will establish a permanent dark skies exhibit at the observatory.

“We are very grateful to Apache Corporation for their commitment to dark-skies friendly lighting practices and for their gift to help educate others about the benefits of these practices,” said Taft Armandroff, Director of McDonald Observatory. “This gift represents the first donation toward updating the exhibits in our Frank N. Bash Visitors Center, which informs over 80,000 guests per year.”

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