Globe at Night is an international citizen-science campaign to raise public awareness of the impact of light pollution by inviting citizen-scientists to measure & submit their night sky brightness observations. It's easy to get involved - all you need is computer or smart phone & follow these 5 Simple Steps!
Image courtesy Sergio Montúfar
Join us for the November, 2016 campaign!
This year citizen scientists from around the world have contributed 13,838 data points. Help us make 2016 a record setting year!
Campaign dates & Constellations for 2017 have been announced!
Can You Find Perseus?
Perseus the slayer of Cetus is most easily seen rising in the East in the winter. The constellation is most easily identifiable as what almost appears to be a wishbone of brightest stars, with the brightest being the center and chest of Perseus. The legs of Perseus are pointing southward and are the forked part of the wishbone and the body and head are the straight line leading up northward. It is easy to find Perseus by either looking southward from Cassiopeia or just to the left of Taurus the Bull.
Practice finding all the Globe at Night Constellations or review the Magnitude Charts.
The current campaign is using the Constellation Perseus. Check out the dates and constellations for our other campaigns during all 12 months of 2016.
Globe at Night in the News!
Ever wonder what happens to your Globe at Night measurements? Scientists and citizen-scientists are using them in a variety of projects, most of which need multiple data points at the same location over time. This map shows 5,000 locations on Earth where an observation has been made but there hasn’t been a new one in the last five years. Do you or a friend live near one of these points? Help us out by making an observation there! And while you are at it, take a measurement where none have been taken yet! (See the map for 2015 and zoom in to your location to see where data was taken in 2015.)
Did you know?
That citizen scientists in 104 countries participated in Globe at Night in 2015? And they submitted their data in 23 different languages (other than English)! Find out more interesting information about this year's campaigns from the Globe at Night Interactive Infographic for 2016!
Related phone apps
Globe at Night is pleased that two native smartphone apps have become available that integrate well with our campaigns. The Loss of the Night app is a free app. available for Android & iPhones. And if you have an iPhone 4S or later, take a look at the Dark Sky Meter app, just 99¢ in the App Store.
See how your region is doing this year below. If you don't see very many data points, consider going outside tonight and contributing your own! Compare to other regions or previous years with our regional map generator.