I have started a new thread... The True Color of the SunI thought there was a thread about suggested topics already, but I haven't been able to find it. As for moving comments to new threads, that is not something we can do. We could rename THIS thread, but I think you could as well.
Edit: It was a Question of the Week thread
Indeed. McDonald Obs. has the darkest skies of all the US mainland major observatories. But the growth in the oil field work prompted action. I don't know the whole story, but our local (San Antonio) club became aware of the effort (especially Bill Wren) and a few of us got involved, including writing letters explaining that a simple rule or two would make greatly limit light pollution and also provide more light on the ground for the users. Thus, it was a simple change in fixture design that reflects all the light downward rather than most the light."The world's largest International Dark Sky Reserve is coming to Texas and Mexico, thanks to a partnership between The University of Texas at Austin's McDonald Observatory, The Nature Conservancy, the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) and many others. The designation, granted by the IDA, recognizes the commitment of organizations, governments, businesses and residents in the region to maintaining dark skies. The move will benefit not only astronomical research, but also wildlife, ecology and tourism."