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Globe at Night

March 2014

Globe at Night Newsletter

We’ve received nearly 5000 Globe at Night submissions so far this year! Let’s double that amount this month!

Upcoming 2014 Campaign Dates


Northern Hemisphere
Orion: March 21-30


Southern Hemisphere
Orion: March 21-30
Crux: March 25-29

Dark Skies Rangers Contest!

Light pollution contributes to a major waste of both energy and money, influences climate change, affects living beings, prevents people from enjoying the beauty of the sky and disturbs astronomical observations. A very special “Dark Skies Rangers” contest is being conducted for students and teachers with the following objectives:

  • To stimulate the interest for research related to light pollution;
  • To promote the production of projects related to light pollution;
  • To develop skills in the field of: eLearning, writing, photography, video and artistic expression;
  • To help establish a community of informed citizens, who participate in solutions to issues like this.
Map of San Antonio showing the locations of the data taken by MHS students and others in the area.

Three winners in each of four categories will receive a week in the Alqueva Dark Sky Reserve (Portugal), a tablet or a smartphone. The contest is open to teachers and students between 6 to 18 from any country. Deadline is on 30 March 2014. More details at: http://dsr.nuclio.pt/cont

Globe at Night Spotlight

Madison High School
Every so often, we encounter dark skies crusaders who go above and beyond the call of duty. This month, we’d like to highlight Micki Clark, an astronomy teacher at Madison High School in San Antonio, Texas. For the January campaign, his students took 238 Globe at Night readings across their school district! Their efforts accounted for nearly all the readings from the entire state that month! Wow!

Map of San Antonio showing the locations of the data taken by MHS students and others in the area.

Vincent Grossi
We would also like to highlight Vincent Grossi, treasurer of the Lake County Astronomical Society (LCAS). He alerted us to a problem that participants during the Globe at Night February campaign were experiencing with the Globe at Night maps not displaying. Thanks to him, all issues were resolved in a couple of hours! If you’re in the Chicago area, be sure to check out the Astronomy Day event that LCAS is hosting on May 10. See their website for more information.

Map of San Antonio showing the locations of the data taken by MHS students and others in the area.

Facebook Mini-Contest!

Going on Spring Break vacation this year? Take a Globe at Night reading while you’re away from home! Snap a picture of yourself taking a reading, send it to us on Facebook, and you could be featured on the Globe at Night Facebook page!

Global Astronomy Month

This April is Global Astronomy Month! Click here for a list of all sponsored events. Be sure to like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.

For Dark Skies activities during Global Astronomy Month, see http://www.astronomerswithoutborders.org/gam2014-programs/dark-skies-awareness.html. Here are some ways you can get involved:

  • Plan a Star Party for your school, church, scout troop, or other organization.
  • Take Globe at Night readings during the April campaign or at the star party!
  • Adopt-a-Street in your town by taking readings along the length of the street.

Besides Globe at Night, two other main activities you can participate in for Global Astronomy Month’s Dark Skies Awareness program are International Dark Sky Week and the Earth and Sky Photo Contest.

365 Days of Astronomy Podcast

Join the latest adventures of the Dark Skies Crusader and his apprentice, the Dark Night, as they combat light pollution and educate the populous about smart lighting! Listen to the March podcast from March 15.

Dark Skies Crusader and the Dark Night


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