CGF works to preserve open space and natural resources in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties, and one of those natural resources is a dark sky that gives people a chance to look up at night and see something besides a light-polluted haze.
News over the holidays covered the spectacular Deep Impact spacecraft hitting a comet - pictures of the impact came from a flyby spacecraft and massive telescopes in space and on the ground. They also came from Monte Bello Open Space Preserve here in Santa Clara County, where an amateur astronomer had a sufficiently-dark sky to put together a film of the impact. Just one more reason to stop sprawl and see the stars.
(Just for comparison, the first article I wrote for CGF was about camping at Monte Bello and enjoying the "dark quiet of open space.")