November 12-14, 2018

The 5th Annual Artificial Light at Night (ALAN) Meeting will be held November 12-14, 2018, at the Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort in Utah.

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Registration will be available closer to the time of the conference.



Salt Lake City, the historic "Crossroads of the West" sits at the base of the famously scenic Wasatch Mountains (one of the westernmost edges of the Rocky Mountains) and is bounded on the other side by the Great Salt Lake, a remnant of the ancient lake that formed the Great Basin.

Salt Lake City is a paradox: founded by Mormon pioneers, it is now home to a rich mix of cultures, political views, and religious persuasions. Atlantic Monthly, in its Bohemian index (concentration of working artists, musicians, and designers across North American metropolitan areas), ranks Salt Lake City #7, ahead of Minneapolis-St. Paul, San Francisco, and Montreal.

Salt Lake City is also home to the main campus of The University of Utah (founded in 1850 with approximately 32,000 students) and The Committee for Dark Sky Studies, founded in 2015 with member institutions including:

and affiliate member institutions including:

The state of Utah is home to the first International Dark Sky Park (IDSP) (Natural Bridges National Monument), the first to be urban-adjacent (North Fork Park) and currently the largest concentration of designated and in-process IDSPs in the world. By the time of the 2018 ALAN conference, there will be at least seven IDSPs within one hour of the conference venue and more than 25 in the state.

Additionally, the Wasatch Front (Salt Lake City and the urbanized western side of the Wasatch Mountains) and the Wasatch Back (mountain valleys to the east) form the perfect dark sky lab. The Wasatch Front is fully as light polluted as the Los Angeles Basin (as ALAN 2018 conference attendees will note). The Wasatch Back, however, is developing a string of IDSPs and Weber County is a regional leader in dark sky lighting and sign ordinances.

Snowbird Resort sits 24 miles from Salt Lake City in the Wasatch Mountains at a base elevation of 7800 feet and a top elevation of 11000 feet; it averages 500 annual inches of powdery, lake-effect snow. In 2008, Outside ranked Alta-Snowbird the number one ski destination in North America.

For additional information about Salt Lake City tourism, click here.




The Committee for Dark Sky Studies
The University of Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah



Bettymaya Foot, Stephen Goldsmith, Dave Kieda, Janet Muir, Kathrine Skollingsberg



Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort
(Little Cottonwood Canyon)
See the "Accommodations" tab for more information.

The 5th Annual Artificial Light at Night (ALAN) meeting is partnered with the following groups:
Physics & Astronomy Consortium for Dark Sky Studies (CDSS)
201 James Fletcher Bldg., 115 South 1400 East, Salt Lake City, UT. 84112
Phone: (801) 581-4801 | Email: