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June, 2015

Globe at Night Newsletter

So far in 2015, we have received over 13,700 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

Bootes
Northern Hemisphere
Bootes: June 8-17

Scorpius
Southern Hemisphere
Scorpius: June 8-17

Globe at Night Spotlights

There were so many great Globe at Night related accomplishments for this month, we have decided to have two spotlights!

Our first spotlight is Jessie Elliott, a high school junior who’s caught NASA’s attention by taking big steps in her town, Noblesville, Indiana, USA, to reduce light pollution. For a class project, Jessie is working with the city of Noblesville to reduce the amount of unnecessary light. As part of her class project, she is developing an ordinance for the city that would make a few revisions in the lighting guidelines of Noblesville. These revisions include asking that the city lights be “shielded” to direct the light downward instead of where it isn’t needed, like up into the night sky. Her hope is to preserve the beauty of the night sky. Great job, Jessie. Keep up the good work! To read more about Jessie and watch her featured on her local news channel, click here.

Montevideo, Uruguay

Our next spotlight is the city of Montevideo, Uruguay and the surrounding area. Uruguay has contributed 890 data points to Globe at Night in the last month! These data points have helped skyrocket Uruguay to a total of 1075 data points! This is the fourth largest number of measurements for any country! This skyrocket of data points is, in part, due to an initiative in Uruguay to understand the effect of light pollution on things such as human health, the economy, and transportation. This initiative seeks to increase interest in citizen science, learn about problems, such as light pollution, facing the country and find ways to help fix such problems. Great job, Montevideo. Keep up the good work!

Exceptional Data Points

Labin, Croatia

In addition to the wonderful work being done by Zagreb, Croatia, check out these 56 measurements that were taken around Labin, Croatia in March! Awesome job contributing data points Croatia. Keep up the good work! Croatia now has 2203 total data points this year, the second largest number of data points for any country, with the United States currently having the most.

Globe at Night Podcast

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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? Find out by listening to the latest Globe at Night podcast on safety and light pollution, aired on June 1, as our Dark Skies heroes aid the Tokyo Police Force to catch a purse snatcher using light pollution to hide his crimes!

“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 (4598), Croatia (2203), South Korea (1560), Uruguay (1076), Poland (727), Chile (538), United Kingdom (350), Japan (331), France (194), Germany (191), Canada (186), Spain (161), Puerto Rico (124), Macedonia (112), and Costa Rica (111), Australia (111), and Costa Rica (111).

Our “Over 100” Club members for US states include: Michigan (1637), Texas (786), Arizona (409), California (360), and Colorado (166), and Oregon (110).

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.

2015 Globe at Night Challenge

In 2014, global citizens contributed over 20,000 data points to Globe at Night’s light pollution campaign! We challenge you to beat that number for 2015! So far we have reached 13,740 observations. To reach our goal of over 20,000 by the end of the year, we challenge you to surpass 1000 data points every month! Do your part, as a citizen scientist, to help us reach our data goal and participate in the upcoming 2015 Globe at Night Campaigns. The campaigns will be:

Earth at Night

  • June 8-17
  • July 7-16
  • August 5-14
  • September 3-12
  • October 3-12
  • November 2-11
  • December 2-11

Warm Welcome to New Globe at Night Participating Countries

In the last month, Ponta Delgada has contributed its third measurement to Globe at Night. Ponta Delgada is an island about 1700km off the coast of Portugal. Way to get involved in Globe at Night, Ponta Delgada! Keep up the good work , perhaps you could even join the “Over 100” club soon!

Ponta Delgada

A shout out to the countries that have added 1 or 2 globe at night points this year. Keep up the good work Afghanistan, Cyprus, Estonia, Greenland, Guam, Iceland, Lebanon, Moldova, Mongolia, New Caledonia, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Singapore, The Bahamas, and Yemen. Add more data points to your country by participating in the upcoming Globe at Night campaigns.

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. Stay tuned for details on upcoming Google+ Hangout dates and times by checking the International Dark-Sky Association homepage at www.darksky.org

2015 International Earth and Sky Photo Contest

Photo by Babak Tafreshi

Stay tuned to find out the winners of the 2015 International Earth and Sky Photo Contest. Winners will be announced by the middle of this month! Last years winning photos were spectacular and we expect nothing less this year! In the meantime, enjoy this photo taken by founder and judge of the Earth and Sky Photo Contest, Babak Tafreshi. Babak runs The World at Night, which sponsors the photo contest and exhibits stunning photos from landscape astrophotographers from around the world.


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 Cosmic Light EDU kit.

Cosmic Light EDU kit

Globe at Night 2014 Recap

Did you know that in 2014 citizen scientists from 103 countries submitted data points to Globe at Night? These data points were submitted in 23 different languages. A total of 20,746 data points were submitted during the year. Find out more interesting facts about the 2014 and the current (2015) Globe at Night campaigns using the Globe at Night Interactive Infographic linked here.

New Dark Sky Park Members

Thunder Mountain Pootsee Nightsky logo Thunder Mountain Pootsee Nightsky logo

Congratulations to the Kaibab Paiute Indian Reservation in Arizona and Utah, USA, who received International Dark Sky Community Status by the International Dark-Sky Association. This makes the Kaibab Paiute the world’s first “dark sky nation”. The Kaibab Paiute people believe that they have a special responsibility to protect and manage their lands and water. In recent years, the Nation has come to recognize the value of dark skies over their lands as a threatened resource worthy of conservation. Despite their small population, the Kaibab Paiute have made a clear and concerted effort to improve the quality of outdoor lighting on the reservation, adopt and implement a quality lighting plan, and raise awareness of the issue both on and beyond the reservation. The tribe takes every opportunity to share its night skies with visitors. Outreach and educational activities center on Pipe Springs National Monument, the site of most tourist visits to the reservation. Annual events at the Monument such as “Winsor Castle by Night” and “Dark Wings at Pipe Spring” highlight the importance of natural darkness to the cultural heritage and biological conservation efforts. Night sky viewing through a telescope is a regular feature at the “Dark Wings” gatherings. Already, their successful bid for IDA recognition has generated interest among other Native American tribes in applying for the same recognition. The Kaibab Paiute hope this will inspire other nations around the world to follow its lead, protect their night skies, and realize the cultural, social, and economic resource they represent. Click here to read the full press release on the International Dark-Sky Association website.

Arch Lake in Pickett State Park Star trails appear over the natural bridge at Arch Lake in Pickett State Park (Credit and copyright: Mike Serkownek / TraceOfLight.com

Congratulations, also, to the Tennessee Pickett State Park and Pogue Creek Canyon State Natural Area for being named a Silver-Tier International Dark Sky Park. This is the first state park in Tennessee to be designated as a national dark sky park. The two properties will be combined under one dark sky park, named the “Pickett-Pogue International Dark Sky Park”. This location, in Northern Tennessee, at the edge of the Cumberland Plateau has taken steps to preserve darkness and the natural nighttime environment both now and in the future. Supported by the Clean Tennessee Energy Grant, light on the now “Pickett-Pogue International Dark Sky Park” was updated according to IDA standards. In addition, the park has created an interpretive program with the Barnard-Seyfert Astronomical Society and the Space Science Outreach at the University of Tennessee with activities such as a New Year’s Eve hike, a Junior Ranger Camp, a yearly star party and regular dark skies programs during visitors season. Click here to read the full press release on the International Dark-Sky Association website.

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