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December, 2014

Globe at Night Newsletter

We’ve received nearly 18,300 Globe at Night measurements so far this year! Can we make it to 20,000 by the end of the year? Be sure to “like” us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for more dark skies news and Globe at Night Spotlights.

Topics in this month’s newsletter:

Upcoming 2014 Campaign Dates

Perseus

Northern Hemisphere
Perseus: December 11-20

Cetus

Southern Hemisphere
Cetus: December 11-20

Have you made your mark?

Globe at Night Spotlight

Congratulations to Oracle State Park in Tucson, AZ for becoming the World’s 20th International Dark Sky Park! The International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) gave Oracle State Park this title in November after receiving their application in the summer. The IDA defines an International Dark Sky Park as “a public land possessing an exceptional or distinguished quality of starry nights and a nocturnal environment that is specifically protected for it s scientific, natural, educational, cultural heritage, and/or public enjoyment.” Read more about Oracle State Park and its new dark skies status on the International Dark-Sky Association and the Oracle State Park websites.

Globe at Night Podcast

Did you know that we have a new Globe at Night podcast on the 365 Days of Astronomy podcast? Will the Dark Night defeat her nemesis Lighting Evil Doer? Click here to hear the latest podcast and find out!

“Over 100” Club Update

Globe at Night Data Points are increasing every day! The Czech Republic just joined our “Over 100” club for countries with 103 data points. Let’s see if more countries can join the club, like Australia who is just one data point away from hitting 100.

We also have an “Over 100” Club for US states. Massachusetts (154) and Ohio (151) hit 100 data points and have joined the club! Congratulations Massachusetts and Ohio!

Good job all our “Over 100” Club members! Let’s see who else can join the club over the next month.

Upcoming Workshops, Splinter Session and Conferences

There will be a workshop for the International Year of Light (IYL2015) on Sunday, January 4, 2015 at the American Astronomical Society Meeting in Seattle, Washington from 9:00 am-5:00 pm in room 620 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle. Two official programs under the Cosmic Light theme for IYL2015 are on the Galileoscope and Quality Lighting Teaching (QLT) kits. The QLT kits help to increase public and student awareness of light pollution and quality lighting issues, through exploration of the challenges relevant to people’s lives and the discovery of how simply the challenges are solved. The Galileoscope is a low-cost, high optical quality telescope that students build themselves. While students build the scopes, they are able to see how a telescope works and the principles of optics that a telescope uses. Workshop participants will explore activities surrounding the kits and learn how they can be incorporated into IYL events at their home institutions. Registration for this and all other AAS workshops ends on December 18, 2014. Click here to register (before Dec. 18)!

There will be a free “splinter session” on “Observatory Site Protection: Challenges and Solutions” at the American Astronomical Society (AAS) Meeting on January 5, 2015 from 6:30-8:30 PM in room 608 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle. The focus is protecting dark skies near research and college observatories and surrounding communities. Chris Smith (Head of Mission, AURA, Chile), Lori Allen (Director, Kitt Peak National Observatory), Jeff Hall (Director, Lowell Observatory) and Richard Wainscoat (Pan-STARRS PI, U. Hawaii) will give presentations on the latest challenges and solutions that impact their major observatories sites. Similarly, Rick Perley (National Radio Astronomy Observatory) will talk about the most significant challenges in RFI facing the radio astronomy community. Scott Kardel (Acting Executive Director, International Dark-Sky Association) will address issues on LEDs and spectral effects of lighting at night. If you are attending the AAS, please come join us.

The Globe at Night campaign is now collaborating with The Global Night Sky Brightness Monitoring Network to measure the night sky brightness around the world using Sky Quality Meters (SQM-LE) stations. If you already own an SQM-LE, you can join the network! There will be a user workshop at the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan at Tokyo on January 7-8, 2015. Please email outreach@iau.org, if interested.

International Year of LightThe International Year of Light (IYL) opening ceremony will take place January 19-20, 2015 in Paris, France. Click here to see the schedule of events.

On May 26-28, 2015, there will be the Light Pollution: Theory, Modeling, and Measurements (LPTMM) workshop in Jouvence, Quebec, Canada. The LPTMM workshop examines where light pollution is present and the methods used to measure and model it. For more information, click here. LPTMM deadlines:

  • Abstract submission: December 18, 2014
  • Early-bird registration: February 1, 2015
  • Late registration: February 28, 2015

In coordination with the LPTMM workshop is the Artificial Light at Night Conference (ALAN) on May 29-31, 2015 in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada. The ALAN conference examines all aspects of artificial light at night. It investigates how light is produced and how humans, wildlife, and the environment are impacted by it. For more information, click here. ALAN deadlines:

  • Abstract submission: January 16, 2015
  • Early-bird registration: March 13, 2015

Globe at Night Cover Photo Contest

Globe at Night recently had a Cover Photo Contest. Astrophotographers sent us their dark skies photographs and the public voted on which photograph to use as our new Globe at Night cover photo for both the Facebook and Homepage. We received some amazing photos, but there can only be one winner. The most votes went to Sergio Garcia Rill and his beautiful dark skies photograph. Check out more of Sergio’s photography on his website and go to Globe at Night’s Facebook page to see the other candidates’ submissions.

International Earth and Sky Photo Contest

It’s that time of year again. The World at Night is hosting the 6th annual International Earth and Sky Photo Contest in collaboration with the education and public outreach group of the National Optical Astronomy Observatory and Astronomers Without Borders. Contest submissions begin in March and end on Earth day, April 22. So start getting your photos ready! More information will follow in late February. Click here to read more about the contest and to see last year’s amazing candidates and winners.

“Losing the Dark” Video Translations

“Losing the Dark” is a great, short video and planetarium on light pollution by The International Dark-Sky Association (IDA). Currently, it has translations for 14 languages Cantonese, English, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Polish, Russian, Spanish and Turkish). Five more are on the way! Visit the IDA website to download “Losing the Dark” for free in your language!

New Globe at Night 2015 Postcards

The new Globe at Night postcards for 2015 are in! Not only do they look great, but they have all the 2015 campaign dates listed. Visit the Globe at Night website to download free postcards.

GaN 2015 Postcard

NOAO AURA NSF

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