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The Power of Moonbeams
Interstellar Light Applications is making science fiction into science fact with the first project of its kind in world history. Using one-of-a-kind specifically designed and engineered light tracking and capturing technology, ILA explores the benefits and uses of moonlight’s unique qualities. ILA also facilitates research into the applications of the brightest stars’ and celestial bodies’ spectral properties. Only true visionaries see possibility when others see road blocks and with their state-of-the-art invention, ILA’s creators and researchers are surpassing all technologies of today and are capitalizing on alternative spectrum light research for the future. Their work presents unlimited benefits for the medical, agricultural and industrial fields. With ILA you are illuminating endless possibilities.
Interstellar Light FAQ's
What is the collector made of?
The Interstellar Light Collector is a parabolic shaped, non-imaging optical light collector composed of 84 mirrored collection panels. At 52 feet high, 60 feet across and weighing 25 tons, this breathtaking device is colossal, yet has the maneuvering capability and precision of a Swiss watch.
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What is interstellar light and where does it come from?
Interstellar simply refers to the light situated or occurring between the stars. As the sun is included under the umbrella of interstellar light, moonlight – being reflected sunlight – is also included.
Is all interstellar light the same?
Interstellar light is comprised of infrared and visible red light. Infrared light has a deeper penetrating power which makes it more effective for treating bones, joints and deep muscle. Infrared light is more beneficial for treating problems closer to the surface like wounds, cuts, and scars.
How/when was the potential use for interstellar light discovered?
The use of light therapy for modern medicine began in the early eighteenth century when scientists discovered the component frequencies of light and their effects on animals and humans.
What suggests healing properties of moonlight?
Please see the Medical portion of this site.
What makes Tucson a good location for this project?
Tucson is considered by many to be the “Astronomy Capital of the World” due to city ordinances against "light pollution," which are designed to aid visibility and ensure the sky views are optimal for astronomers. A limited number of street lights and Tucson’s extreme dry air, make for less nighttime sky glow. The International Dark Sky Association (IDA), headquartered in Tucson, focuses on eliminating light pollution, which is a general term for unwanted or wasted light.
Where can I learn more about moonlight research?
Please see our Reading List.
How is moonlight different than laser light?
Laser light is manmade, while moonlight is pure and used directly from the source. Moonlight is therapeutic in its original state and one only needs to be exposed to its reflection off the interstellar light applicator in order to benefit from its therapeutic effects. Lasers and LED’s (light emitting diodes) are no more than convenient devices for producing electromagnetic radiation at specific wavelengths. One of the main differences between moonlight and laser light is especially notable when used for therapy: laser light itself only becomes therapeutic at specific wavelengths and is then applied using the machine that produces it, but it is not the machine itself that is therapeutic.
Is reflected moonlight studied elsewhere?
The effects of reflected moonlight are studied throughout the country as well as all over the world from Switzerland, the UK, the Czech Republic and many more.
What are these other researchers uncovering?
In general, the consensus among researchers is the possibilities are endless when it comes to moonlight and light therapy. It is a relatively new area of study and findings are often hypothesized, however they are remarkable. Laser light has been used to treat muctositis, a painful side effect of cancer treatment, in young cancer patients.
Photodynamic therapy treatment (PDT) also treats cancer using a drug called photosensitizer which when exposed to a specific wavelength produces a form of oxygen that kills nearby cancer cells.
Testing by the ILA team in Tucson has shown the molecular properties of water change when exposed to moonlight.
Please see also our reading list.
What are some of the medical conditions that have a relationship to light or light therapies?
Please see the medical portion on this site.
Is moonlight harmful like sunlight?
Moonlight is not harmful like sunlight; it is actually helpful. In fact, those people who suffer from extreme sensitivities to light called xeroderma pigmentosum, can only be outside under moonlight.
How do animals react to moonlight?
The cyclical behavior of marine animals as been linked to lunar phases, especially on reproductive patterns. Worms studied on the islands of Samoa have shown consistent predictability in fertilization closely related to the third quarter of the moon during October and sometimes November.
Please also see the Biology and Photodynamics portion of this site.
Is it possible to visit or tour the facility?
Yes, all it takes is a phone call to the ILA office and a tour can be arranged. Call 520-323-3446.
How is ILA funded?
ILA was originally personally funded by President Richard Chapin himself in conjunction with donation contributions from investment sources.
How did you begin this scientific inquiry?
The tragic passing of a close friend of President Richard Chapin instigated his investigation into the healing powers of moonlight, which lead to the building of the interstellar light collector.
Who else is involved at ILA?
The ILA team consists of the Chapin family as well as support from researchers at The University of Arizona, medical doctors, PhD research consultants among others.
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