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May, 2015

Globe at Night Newsletter

So far in 2015, we have received over 12,000 measurements! This year is Globe at Night’s 10-year anniversary! Can we make it to 20,000 measurements by the end of the year?

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Topics in this month’s newsletter:

Upcoming 2015 Campaign Dates

Leo
Northern Hemisphere
Leo: May 9-18

Crux
Southern Hemisphere
Crux: May 9-18

Globe at Night Spotlight

Congratulations to 8th grade student Mihir Gupta for his award-winning project on light pollution. Here he is getting an award from the International Dark-Sky Association, which was presented by Dr. Robert Quimby, the Director of San Diego State University's Mount Laguna Observatory. Well done!

Mihir Gupta receiving his award

Exceptional Data Points

Zagreb, Croatia

Check out Zagreb, Croatia! The city of Zagreb and the surrounding area have contributed 1966 data points! These data points have helped to skyrocket Croatia from 443 data points in the month of April, to 2164 in May! Great job Zagreb. Keep up the good work!

Globe at Night Podcast

Dark Sky Crusader logo

Did you know that we have a 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 find out and listen to the latest podcast that aired on April 1! And stay tuned for the next podcast airing on June 1.

“Over 100” Club 2015 Update

Did you know that there is a Globe at Night “Over 100” club for countries and U.S. States? If your country or state submits over 100 Globe at Night measurements, you’re in the club!

Our “Over 100” Club members for countries in 2015 include: United States (4064), Croatia (2164), South Korea (1559), Poland (602), Chile (530), Uruguay (529), United Kingdom (330), Japan (313), France (172), Canada (168), Germany (150), Spain (125), Puerto Rico (122), Macedonia (112), and Costa Rica (111).

Our “Over 100” Club members for US states include: Michigan (1628), Texas (701), Arizona (358), California (202), and Colorado (163).

Good job 2015 “Over 100” Club members! Keep up the great work!

Globe at Night Call-To-Action

Call to action map

Ever wonder what happens to your Globe at Night measurements once you’ve submitted them? Both scientists and citizen-scientists have used them in a variety of projects. Most projects need however multiple data points at the same location over time. This map shows 5,000 locations on Earth where someone made an observation in the past but there hasn’t been a new observation within the last five years. If you can make an observation near to one of these points (or if you have a friend who lives close to one of them), it would be extremely helpful. Also, try taking measurements where no data points have been taken yet! See Global Astronomy Month’s Call-to-Action on behalf of Globe at Night.

The International Year of Light

Google+ Hangouts

Cosmic Light IYL Logo On behalf of the International Year of Light 2015, the International Dark-Sky Association is hosting a series of 6 Google+ Hangouts, one every two months in 2015). Each hangout will address how light pollution affects specific topics. The first Google+ Hangout occurred on February 23, featured experts in the field of health, and addressed the effects of light pollution on human health. The second Hangout occurred on March 19 and featured experts in the field of astronomy who addressed the effects of light pollution on astronomy and astronomical research. The remaining topics (in order) will be on safety, wildlife, energy, and wildlife and cultural heritage. Upcoming hangout dates and times will be featured in the next Globe at Night newsletter, so stay tuned!

Dark Sky Meter App

Dark Sky Meter iPhone app

The International Year of Light has just released its own Dark Sky Meter app for iPhones! All you have to do is point your phone at the night sky, and it measures the night sky brightness for you. Then, you can use the IYL DSM app to easily submit your measurement which will be entered into the Globe at Night database and be used by researchers.

Click here to download the free app now!

Cosmic Light IYL2015: Cosmic Light EDU kit

Cosmic Light EDU kit

The Cosmic Light EDU kit has been launched! The main goal for this project is to involve schools around the globe in awareness campaigns for light pollution and to discover the nature of light. The project has assembled an educational kit, with simple resources and activities to support teachers. There are many and varied networks involved in this project so participants can benefit from many opportunities for a rich cultural interchange. The project aims to target diverse social and cultural audiences, and there is a special component designed for children with visual impairment incorporated in the kit to promote inclusivity. The kit will have printable materials, several digital tools and resources and training efforts will be implemented in order to empower teachers to make full use of the kit The campaign will reach teachers and students in 100 countries around the world. Take a closer look at all the resources featured in the Comic Light EDU kit.

2015 International Earth and Sky Photo Contest

2014 contest winners

The deadline for submitting photos was April 22, Earth Day, and the winners will be announced in late May. Stay tuned, and in the meantime, take a look at these amazing winners below from last year! And click here to visit the webpage and see some more beautiful photos.

Globe at Night and Technology

Light Pollution Simulator

Check out this awesome new light pollution simulator that’s free! You can play around with the number of lighting poles, height of poles, type of lighting bulb, output power of the bulbs, and the type of lighting shield used and see how that changes the resulting light pollution.

Time-lapse Video

Time lapse screen grab

Check out this amazing time-lapse video that is part of filmmakers Gavin Heffernan’s and Harun Mehmedinovic’s SKYGLOW Project, a multi-media initiative that seeks to highlight the problem of urban light pollution around the world. In this time-lapse video, the Los Angeles’s city sky has been painstakingly cut out and replaced with composites of starscapes from dark sky preserves such as Death Valley and the Grand Canyon to show what Los Angeles would look like without light pollution. Read the entire article here.

New Dark Sky Park Members

Capitol Reef National Park in Utah, USA Credit: NPS / Jacob W. Frank 

Congratulations to Capitol Reef National Park in Utah, USA, who over International Dark Sky Week received International Dark Sky Park Status by the International Dark-Sky Association. Capitol Reef National Park has undertaken a multi-year program, educating park staff, visitors, and local communities about protecting dark skies, and adopting good outdoor lighting practices. Read the full press release.

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