East Carolina University coastal and marine geologist Stanley Riggs and astronomer Brian Baker of the science education and literacy nonprofit A Time for Science are leading a study to better understand the nocturnal environment and dark skies of the Outer Albemarle Peninsula region. The study funded by North Carolina Sea Grant and North Carolina Space Grant and also including researchers from the Coastal Studies Institute in Wanchese, is designed to map and characterize the visual landscape and sounds of the region that encompasses four counties. Local volunteers are conducting field observations in Tyrell, Washington and mainland Hyde and Dare counties.
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