You are invited to participate in an international astronomy programme called GLOBE at Night. You can join volunteers from 115 countries around the world by measuring light pollution effects in your area.
GLOBE at Night is free, and it’s easy for you, your friends and family to participate. For complete information, check out their website at www.globeatnight.org.
Join the Worldwide GLOBE at Night 2013 Campaign!
What would it be like without the stars at night? What would we lose? Starry night skies have given us poetry, art, music and the wonder to explore.
A bright night sky (a.k.a. light pollution) affects energy consumption, health and wildlife too and will rob us of our right to ‘Star-light’.
Spend a few minutes to help scientists by measuring the brightness of the night sky in your own area. Join the GLOBE at Night citizen-science campaign. Currently in its 3rd campaign week, UKSEDS has an ever growing strong team contributing to the GLOBE at Night effort. Our aim is to raise the public awareness of the impact of light pollution, by inviting everyone to measure their night sky brightness.
GLOBE at Night is a worldwide, hands-on science and educational program to encourage citizen-scientists worldwide to record the brightness of their night sky. During five select sets of dates in 2013, children and adults match the appearance of a constellation (Orion or Leo in the northern hemisphere, and Orion and Crux in the southern hemisphere) with seven star charts of progressively fainter stars.
Participants then submit their choice of star chart at www.globeatnight.org/webapp/ with their date, time and location. This can be done by computer (after the measurement) or by smart phone or pad (during the measurement). From these data an interactive map of all worldwide observations is created.
Over the past 7 years of 10-day campaigns, people in 115 countries have contributed over 83,000 measurements, making GLOBE at Night the most successful light pollution citizen-science campaign to date.
The GLOBE at Night website is easy to use, comprehensive, and holds an abundance of background information, along with guides, activities, one-page flyers and postcards advertising the campaign. Through GLOBE at Night, students, teachers, parents and community members are amassing a data set from which they can explore the nature of light pollution locally and across the globe.
There are 3 GLOBE at Night campaigns left in 2013:
March 3rd – 12th
March 31st – April 9th
April 29th – May 8th
Make a difference and join the UKSEDS GLOBE at Night team.
Listen to a fun skit on GLOBE at Night in a 7-minute audio podcast at http://365daysofastronomy.org/2012/12/17/december-17th-the-dark-skies-crusader-retires-globe-at-night-returns/
E-mail: [email protected] if you are interested in joining our team.