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January, 2015

Globe at Night Newsletter

We received 18,500 Globe at Night measurements last year! This year is Globe at Night’s 10-year anniversary! Can we make it to 20,000 measurements 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 2015 Campaign Dates

Orion

Northern Hemisphere
Orion: February 9-18, March 11-20

Orion

Southern Hemisphere
Orion: February 9-18

Data Points in the New Year

Countries and cities are already ringing in the New Year with a lot of Globe at Night measurements! Croatia, Japan, Texas, and Dearborn Heights, Michigan, USA have already made it into our “Over 100” club. Congratulations!

Croatia:
Map of Croatia displaying GAN Measurements from 2015

Japan:
Map of Japan displaying GAN Measurements from 2015

San Antonio, Texas:
Map of San Antonio, Texas displaying GAN Measurements from 2015

Dearborn, Michigan:
Map of Dearborn, Michigan displaying GAN Measurements from 2015

Globe at Night Spotlight

Now that it’s the New Year, new translations for all of our Globe at Night materials were updated. So a big thank you goes out to A. Azadegan (Farsi), S. Bará (Galician), A. Eklöf (Swedish), S. Hu (Traditional Chinese), A. Le Gué (French), T. Likittheerameth (Thai), J. Merc (Slovak), N. Ochi (Japanese), G. Pavicic (Serbian), S. Ribas (Catalan), R. Snoj (Slovenian), J. Vogel (German), and S. You (Simplified Chinese) for translating our materials. We’ve also added three new languages to our translations: Chinese (traditional), translated by S. Hu, Korean, translated by Y. Kim, and Serbian, translated by G. Pavicic. Thanks for making the Globe at Night campaign accessible to all countries around the world.

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 be able to protect our dark skies from light pollution? Click here to hear the latest podcast and find out! And tune in on February 2 to hear the new episode.

The International Year of Light

IYL BoothNOAO IYL2015 Exhibit Booth  

2015 is the International Year of Light (IYL), and Globe at Night is an official IYL2015 citizen science campaign. The International Year of Light opening ceremony took place January 19-20, 2015 in Paris, France. The National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO) exhibited two official programs under the Cosmic Light theme for IYL2015: 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. Click here to see the schedule of events for the IYL opening ceremony.

The 365 Days of Astronomy Podcast is also celebrating the International Year of Light 2015! The 365 Days of Astronomy podcast will record its seventh year of daily content – content that focuses on light! This podcast is produced as part of the CosmoQuest virtual research facility, through a collaboration with NUCLIO, a non-profit organization coordinating the international Galileo Teacher Training Program. During the celebration of International Year of Light, the podcast will focus their content on the importance of light in astronomy, and its role in helping us understand the universe. NUCLIO is also partnering with IYL Quality Lighting Teaching Kit program to build awareness of the effects of light pollution. Visit the 365 Days of Astronomy website and listen to their amazing podcasts.

While it is possible to take citizen science data about skyglow all year round, such data is easiest for scientists to analyze if it is taken in a burst around the same time each year. Therefore, two “International Nights of Skyglow Observation” are being established as a part of the International Year of Light. Citizen scientists from around the world will measure how bright the night sky is, and report their data either through the web (Globe at Night) or via their smartphone (via the Loss of the Night or Dark Sky Meter apps). The first is on “Pi Day” or Einstein’s birthday, March 14, and the second 6 months later on September 12.

Upcoming Workshops and Conferences

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:

  • 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: February 2, 2015
  • Early-bird registration: March 13, 2015

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.

“Unlimited Sky” by Majid GhohroodiUnlimited Sky” by Majid Ghohroodi

NOAO AURA NSF

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