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Globe at Night

June 2014

Globe at Night Newsletter

We’ve received more than 14,000 Globe at Night submissions so far this year!

Topics in this month’s newsletter:

Upcoming 2014 Campaign Dates

Hercules

Northern Hemisphere
Hercules: June 17-26

Scorpius

Southern Hemisphere
Scorpius: June 17-26

Globe at Night Spotlights

Grant Mansiere

This month, we have two Globe at Night Spotlights! The first features eighth grader Grant Mansiere (pictured, right) from Summerland, British Columbia. He won gold at the National Science Fair in Ontario for his study showing that lighting can actually increase the crime rate. Click here for a video and article about his project! He’ll go on to compete at the International Science Fair in New York later this year. Way to go, Grant!

Our second Spotlight features 9th grade physics classes from St. Mary’s School in Medford, Oregon who participated in Globe at Night as part of their unit on light and its effects on our environment (see map, below). They kicked off the project with a talk by Steve Bosbach on the topic of light pollution and how it affects our lives and the environment. Groups of students were given the task of measuring the night sky brightness in the Rogue Valley, doing a light audit in an area of their choice and researching what light pollution is as well as its effects on the environment. From this, they created a presentation for a final physics grade. It opened many students’ eyes.

Map of data points submitted near Medford, OR

Most of us take outdoor lighting for granted and don’t look at it critically. One of Mrs. Bensel’s student groups, Anna, Aessa, and Maddi wrote this as part of their conclusion, “I’ve learned many things about light pollution, but just a few are that it affects not only the sky, but also every living thing on Earth. It’s an issue that grows at a rate of 4% per year and more people need to be aware of the harmful effects it has and more people need to be aware of the harmful effects it has.” In total, they collected over 70 data points, making Oregon the newest member of our “Over 100” Club! Way to go!

Earth and Sky Photo Contest

The winners of the 2014 Earth and Sky Photo Contest have been announced! The winner of the Beauty of the Night category is Luc Perrot with his photo entitled “Over the Top” taken on the Réunion Island of France. The winner in the Against the Lights category is Giorgia Hofer of Italy for her photo “Light in the Sky”. Check out all the stunning photos from both categories, as well as the honorable mentions, on The World at Night’s website!

Over the Top - Luc Perrot Light in the Sky - Giorgia Hofer

Facebook Mini Contest

Going on vacation this summer? Take some Globe at Night readings while you’re away! Snap a picture of you taking a reading on vacation, and you could be featured on our Facebook page!

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