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March, 2019

Globe at Night Newsletter

Welcome to the March Globe at Night Newsletter. Celebrate the 13th year of this international citizen-science campaign by joining us in collecting observations of the night sky brightness. Our constellations for the March 27 through April 5 campaign and the April 25 through May 4 campaign are Leo for the northern hemisphere and and Crux in the southern hemisphere.

Topics in this month’s newsletter:

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Upcoming 2019 Campaign Dates

Northern Hemisphere
Leo: March 27-April 5; April 27-May 4
Read about the myth of the Leo constellation, the Lion.

Southern Hemisphere
Crux : March 27-April 5; April 27-May 4
Read about the the Crux constellation, also known as the Southern Cross.

Dark Skies for All! IAU100 Global Project

Dark Skies for All postcard

In celebration of the 100th birthday of the International Astronomical Union, the IAU100 Global Project Dark Skies for All aims to raise awareness for the preservation of dark skies for current and future generations. A key part of the project is to provide access to a useful, self-contained, and well-tested teaching kit on dark skies, namely the “Turn on the Night” educational kit. Developed at NOAO, the kits are now being built and distributed by an educational kit company called Laser Classroom under a recent agreement with AURA/NOAO. To acquire your kit, please see https://mailchi.mp/laserclassroom.com/turnonthenight.

A second main objective of Dark Skies for All is to build a portal of dark skies resources. Educators and dark skies advocates are invited to contribute their dark skies resources and download others at https://darkskies4all.org/resources/. Resources may include, but are not limited to, general information, educational materials, campaigns, projects, resource guides, datasets, products, articles, books, websites, software, apps, policies statements, ordinances, videos, music, art, presentations, and research studies. The program focuses on resources for children of all ages, researchers, the media, policy makers, families and the general public, among others.

A third component of Dark Skies for Allis the IAU100 Dark Skies Ambassadors program (https://darkskies4all.org/ambassador/). This program invites keen enthusiasts worldwide to be dark skies advocates and to spread awareness of the concern about light pollution. Dark Skies Ambassadors help organize and disseminate events through their networks, while encouraging others to participate. This program also stimulates a peer-supporting environment and provides visibility of events. Depending on prior experience promoting dark skies awareness, there are three levels of participation for individuals and organizations.

Whatever efforts are developed here will continue beyond 2019, hopefully with your involvement! Look for more resources on policy and media toolkits in the future! (https://darkskies4all.org)

Globe at Night’s “Adopt-a-Street” program

Here is a great way to get involved in the Globe at Night campaigns. Try the Adopt-a-Street program!!! Especially March 27-April 5 when the last six days of the Globe at Night campaign coincide with the International Dark Sky Week!

Are you passionate about Dark Skies? Consider coordinating an Adopt-a-Street program in your area during the 2019 Globe at Night campaigns. It is hugely simple to do.

Map of Tucson data from 2015 Figure 1. Tucson, Arizona, USA’s successful Adopt-a-Street program a few years ago.

What is the Adopt-a-Street Program?
Globe at Night offers a “Call to Action” for those who want to take more measurements during the campaigns. Children and adults can “Adopt a Street” in their town to take visual and possibly sky-brightness meter measurements during the Globe at Night campaigns. The strategy is for people to adopt a different major or semi-major street and take measurements every mile or so for the length of the street (or for as long as they can). The grid of measurements will canvas the town, allowing for research later in comparison to wildlife, health, energy consumption and cost, among other things.

What do I do as the Adopt-a-Street coordinator for my city?
See https://www.globeatnight.org/aas2019.php.

Global Astronomy Month

Global Astronomy Month (GAM), organized each April by Astronomers Without Borders, is the world’s largest global celebration of astronomy. For more than 10 years, GAM brings new ideas and new opportunities, bringing enthusiasts together worldwide to celebrate Astronomers Without Borders’ motto One People, One Sky. Astronomers Without Borders and its partners have a rich schedule of programs and events for Global Astronomy Month 2019 (GAM2019), all designed to inform and inspire the public throughout the world. One of the GAM programs is Dark Skies Awareness, which involves Globe at Night and International Dark Sky Week. Add your GAM dark skies event to the list at https://astronomerswithoutborders.org/gam-event.html. (When you do, you will be invited to sign up as a member at no cost.)

International Dark Sky Week

International Dark Sky Week

Join the International Dark-Sky Association for a week of celebration, learning, and action! Created in 2003 by high-school student Jennifer Barlow, International Dark Sky Week has grown to become a worldwide event and a key component of Global Astronomy Month. Each year it is held in April around Astronomy Day. This year celebrations begin on Sunday, March 31, and run through Sunday April 7, 2019 (Click here for resources to use during the week.)

In explaining why she started the week, Barlow said, “I want people to be able to see the wonder of the night sky without the effects of light pollution. The universe is our view into our past and our vision into the future. … I want to help preserve its wonder.”

International Dark Sky Week draws attention to the problems associated with light pollution and promotes simple solutions available to mitigate it. For ways you can get involved, click on “5 Ways to Celebrate Dark Sky Week”!

Amazing Dark Skies Advocates

Thanks to amazing dark skies advocates everywhere and especially teacher Karolina Damjanoska from Macedonia!!! Every year, beginning in 2018, Karolina has taken Globe at Night data. Her students and sons have won science competitions using the data. She defended her master’s thesis using the data. And in April she will be presenting the Globe at Night program at the upcoming European Geosciences Unionmeeting. Three cheers for Karolina! We are inviting her and all other interested dark skies advocates to become dark skies ambassadors at https://darkskies4all.org/ambassador/.

Do you have a Globe at Night story? Share it with us at globeatnight@noao.edu.

Each year beginning in 2008, Karolina’s students have contributed data for Globe at Night. These maps are from 2016 showing data from her city of Prilep, Macedonia and Gevgelija, Macedonia. Map on right shows a zoomed in map of Prilep.


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