[SQM] Join the worldwide GLOBE at Night 2011 campaign: March 22 - April 6

Constance Walker cwalker at noao.edu
Wed Mar 23 06:51:08 UTC 2011


Please post, promote or participate in the worldwide light pollution  
monitoring campaign, GLOBE at Night, happening now....(Thank-you.)...

1) Shorter Ad (300 words):

Less of Our Light for More Star Light

Join the worldwide GLOBE at Night 2011 campaign: March 22 - April 6

What: The GLOBE at Night Campaign

When: 8pm to 10pm local time, March 22 - April 4 northern hemisphere;  
March 24 - April 6 southern hemisphere

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 weeks of moonless evenings,  
children and adults match the appearance of a constellation (Leo in  
the northern hemisphere and Crux or Leo in the southern hemisphere)  
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 March 22 – April 4 (for the  
Northern Hemisphere) and March 24 – April 6 (for the Southern  
Hemisphere). Over 60,000 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 (500 words):

Less of Our Light for More Star Light

Join the 6th worldwide GLOBE at Night 2011 campaign: March 22 - April 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 can  
be one of the easiest environmental problems you can address through  
responsible lighting on local levels.

Participation in the international star-hunting campaign, GLOBE at  
Night, helps to start the process of addressing the light pollution  
issue locally as well as globally. The campaign invites everyone all  
over the world to record the brightness of the night sky. The 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 Leo or Crux 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 six annual 2-week  
campaigns, volunteers from more than 100 nations contributed over  
60,000 measurements, 30% 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 this 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. (See the links at the end.)

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.

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

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

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

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

Audio Podcast: http://365daysofastronomy.org/2011/03/07/march-7th-globe-at-night-2011/

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

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

NOAO Press Release: http://www.noao.edu/news/2011/pr1101.php

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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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