August 26, 2016

San Diego, CA… Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) announced that Governor Brown has signed Senate bill 1138, which would designate the first Friday in May of each year as Space Day in California into law.  

“I am overjoyed my proposal for promoting space observation has been signed into law,” stated Senator Hueso.   “This new law will inspire every Californian to dim or turn off the lights for an hour in an effort to reduce light pollution and value the phenomena of our night sky.  Thank you Governor Brown.”

Today, in many urban areas the effects of artificial light has greatly inhibited the observation of the night sky. Researchers have noted that increased urban sky has made it nearly impossible to view the Milky Way from many urban regions.  Unfortunately, many Californians must travel away from their homes to view a clear bright sky.  

Space day is designed to promote space observation, promote California’s global aerospace industry and to encourage students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

In addition, Senate Bill 1138 will encourage collaborative efforts between government, academia, industry and non-profits to coordinate commercialization opportunities between government resources and private sector and non-profit research and development.