[SQM] Join the 6th worldwide GLOBE at Night 2011 campaign: Feb. 21 - March 6

Constance Walker cwalker at noao.edu
Sun Feb 20 06:11:41 UTC 2011


Please post, promote or participate in the upcoming worldwide light  
pollution monitoring campaign, GLOBE at Night....

1) Shorter Ad:

Less of Our Light for More Star Light

Join the 6th worldwide GLOBE at Night 2011 campaign: Feb. 21 - March 6

What: The Globe at Night Campaign

When: 8pm to 10pm local time, February 21 - March 6, 2011

Where: Everywhere

Who: Everyone

How: See http://www.globeatnight.org

GLOBE at Night encourages citizen-scientists worldwide to record the  
brightness of the night sky. During 2 winter/spring weeks of moonless  
evenings, children and adults match the appearance of a constellation  
(Orion in February/March and Leo and Crux in March/April) with 7 star  
charts of progressively fainter stars found at www.globeatnight.org.  
They then submit their choice of star chart on-line with their date,  
time and location to help create a light pollution map worldwide.

The GLOBE at Night 2011 campaign dates are February 21 – March 6  
(worldwide) and March 22 – April 4 (for the Northern Hemisphere) and  
March 24 – April 6 (for the Southern Hemisphere). 52,000 measurements  
have been contributed from more than 100 countries over the last 5  
years of two-week campaigns, thanks to everyone who participated!

This year children and adults can submit their measurements in real  
time if they have a smart phone or tablet. To do this, you can use the  
web application at www.globeatnight.org/webapp/. With smart phones and  
tablets, the location, date and time are put in automatically. And if  
you do not have a smart phone or tablet, there are user-friendly tools  
on the GLOBE at Night report page to find latitude and longitude.

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. Please make a  
difference and join our efforts in 2011. For activity packets, one- 
page flyers and postcards advertising the campaign, visit www.globeatnight.org/pdf/ 
.

2) Longer Ad:

Less of Our Light for More Star Light

Join the 6th worldwide GLOBE at Night 2011 campaign: Feb. 21 - March 6

With half of the world’s population now living in cities, many urban  
dwellers have never experienced the wonderment of pristinely dark  
skies and maybe never will. This loss, caused by light pollution, is a  
concern on many fronts: safety, energy conservation, cost, health and  
effects on wildlife, as well as our ability to view the stars. Even  
though light pollution is a serious and growing global concern, it is  
one of the easiest environmental problems you can address on local  
levels.

Participation in the international star-hunting campaign, GLOBE at  
Night, helps to address the light pollution issue locally as well as  
globally. This year, 2 sets of campaigns are being offered. For the  
first campaign from February 21 through March 6, 2011, everyone all  
over the world is invited to record the brightness of the night sky.  
The second campaign runs from March 22 through April 4 in the Northern  
Hemisphere and March 24 through April 6 in the Southern Hemisphere.  
The campaign is easy and fun to do. First, you match the appearance of  
the constellation Orion in the first campaign (and Leo or Crux in the  
second campaign) with simple star maps of progressively fainter stars  
found. Then you submit your measurements, including the date, time,  
and location of your comparison. After all the campaign’s observations  
are submitted, the project’s organizers release a map of light- 
pollution levels worldwide. Over the last five annual 2-week  
campaigns, volunteers from more than 100 nations contributed 52,000  
measurements, one third of which came from last year’s campaign.

To learn the five easy steps to participate in the GLOBE at Night  
program, see the GLOBE at Night website. You can listen to last year’s  
10-minute audio podcast on light pollution and GLOBE at Night. Or  
download a 45-minute powerpoint and accompanying audio. GLOBE at Night  
is also on Facebook and Twitter.

The big news is that children and adults can submit their measurements  
in real time if they have a smart phone or tablet. To do this, you can  
use the web application. With smart phones and tablets, the location,  
date and time are put in automatically. And if you do not have a smart  
phone or tablet, there are user-friendly tools on the GLOBE at Night  
report page to find latitude and longitude.

For activities that have children explore what light pollution is,  
what its effects are on wildlife and how to prepare for participating  
in the GLOBE at Night campaign, see the Dark Skies Rangers activities.  
Monitoring our environment will allow us as citizen-scientists to  
identify and preserve the dark sky oases in cities and locate areas  
where light pollution is increasing. All it takes is a few minutes  
during the 2011 campaign to measure sky brightness and contribute  
those observations on-line. Help us exceed the 17,800 observations  
contributed last year. Your measurements will make a world of  
difference.

Star Maps:  http://www.globeatnight.org/observe_magnitude.html

Submitting Measurements: http://www.globeatnight.org/report.html

GLOBE at Night: http://www.globeatnight.org/

Audio Podcast: http://365daysofastronomy.org/2010/02/03/february-3rd-the-globe-at-night-campaign-our-light-or-starlight/

Powerpoint: http://www.globeatnight.org/files/NSN_GaN_2011_slides.ppt

Accompanying Audio: http://www.globeatnight.org/files/NSN_GaN_2011_audio.mp3

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/GLOBEatNight

Twitter: http://twitter.com/GLOBEatNight

Web App for Reporting: http://www.globeatnight.org/webapp/

Dark Skies Activities: http://www.darkskiesawareness.org/DarkSkiesRangers/



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Constance E. Walker, Ph.D.
director, GLOBE at Night campaign (www.globeatnight.org)
chair, International Dark-Sky Association Education Committee
chair, IYA2009 Dark Skies Awareness Cornerstone Project
member, Astronomical Society of the Pacific Board of Directors
associate scientist & senior science education specialist, NOAO

National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO)
950 N. Cherry Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85719 USA
520-318-8535
cwalker at noao.edu
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