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Thursday, January 3, 2013

Join the Worldwide GLOBE at Night 2013 Campaign: Starts January 3rd!




Join the Worldwide GLOBE at Night 2013 Campaign
What would it be like
without stars at night? What is it we lose? Starry night skies have given us
poetry, art, music and the wonder to explore. A bright night sky (aka light
pollution) affects energy consumption, health and wildlife too. Spend a few
minutes to help scientists by measuring the brightness of your night sky. Join
the GLOBE at Night citizen-science campaign (www.globeatnight.org). The first campaign starts January 3 and runs through January 12.

More information:

GLOBE at Night is a
worldwide, hands-on science and education program to encourage
citizen-scientists worldwide to record the brightness of their night sky. During
five select sets of dates in 2013, children and adults match the appearance of
a constellation (Orion or Leo in the northern hemisphere, and Orion and Crux in
the southern hemisphere) with seven star charts of progressively fainter stars (www.globeatnight.org/observe_magnitude_orion.html). 

Participants then submit their choice of star chart at www.globeatnight.org/webapp/ with
their date, time and location. This can be done by computer (after the
measurement) or by smart phone or pad (during the measurement). From these data
an interactive map of all worldwide observations is created (www.globeatnight.org/map/). Over the past 7 years of 10-day campaigns, people in 115 countries have contributed over 83,000
measurements, making GLOBE at Night the most successful, light pollution
citizen-science campaign to date (www.globeatnight.org/analyze.html). The GLOBE at Night website is easy to use, comprehensive, and holds an abundance of background information (www.globeatnight.org/learhtmn.l and www.globeatnight.org/observe.html).

Guides, activities, one-page flyers and postcards advertising the
campaign are available at www.globeatnight.org/pdf/.
Through GLOBE at Night, students, teachers, parents and
community members are amassing a data set from which they can explore the
nature of light pollution locally and across the globe. There are 5 GLOBE at
Night campaigns in 2013: January 3 - 12, January 31 - February 9, March 3 - 12,
March 31 - April 9, and April 29 - May 8. Make a difference and join the
GLOBE at Night campaign.

Listen to a fun skit on GLOBE at Night in a 7-minute audio podcast
at http://365daysofastronomy.org/2012/12/17/december-17th-the-dark-skies-crusader-retires-globe-at-night-returns/.

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

I think this would be a great program to get our School Children involved with. No telescope is necessary and the kids get to learn something about light pollution.