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 6 Simple Steps!
Cygnus the Swan is easy to find as it flies south along the path of the Milky Way. It is easiest to spot by looking straight up and looking for the three brightest stars forming what is known as the Summer Triangle. The bright star in the lower left of this triangle is Deneb, the tail of the swan. By using this star and looking in toward the center of the triangle, you can now spot Cygnus.
Are you passionate about Dark Skies? Consider coordinating an Adopt-a-Street program in your area during the 2020 Globe at Night campaigns.
What is the Adopt-a-Street Program?
Globe at Night offers a “Call to Action” for those who want to take more measurements during the campaigns. Children and adults can “Adopt a Street” in their town to take visual and possibly sky-brightness meter measurements during the Globe at Night campaigns. The strategy is for people to adopt a different major or semi-major street and take measurements every mile or so for the length of the street (or for as long as they can). The grid of measurements will canvas the town, allowing for research later in comparison to wildlife, health, energy consumption and cost, among other things.
Globe at Night is proud to be one of SciStarter's Top Ten Projects of 2018! Register with SciStarter to take advantage of their tools to automatically track your contributions through a centralized SciStarter dashboard. Check out our project page to learn more.
Resources for 2020
Globe at Night is truly an international campaign. Our Activity Guides, Postcards, and the data reporting webapp have been translated into many languages. These are all available to download from our Resources page.
New! A light pollution education kit: Turn on the Night!
Based on the Quality Lighting Teaching Kit developed by the National Optical Astronomy Observatory for the International Year of Light, 2015, Turn on the Night, a Light and the Environment STEM Kit is available now at Laser Classroom.
Four hands-on activities invite students in grades 7-12 to plan, design and create strategies for city lighting that balance the competing concerns of humans and the environment. Using the problem solving process, students learn about issues raised by human created lighting: Glare, Sky Glow, Light Trespass and Excess Energy Consumption. Come find out more at: https://mailchi.mp/laserclassroom.com/turnonthenight.
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 & iOS. And if you have an iPhone that can run iOS 10 or later, take a look at the Dark Sky Meter app, just $1.99 in the App Store.