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  • Title: Dark Skies Awareness: Home
    Descriptive info: .. Dark Skies Awareness.. An IYA2009 Cornerstone Project.. HOME.. PROGRAMS.. NEWS.. ABOUT.. FAQs.. CONTACT.. Video credit:.. survivalcrackers.. Programs.. include:.. Dark Skies Discovery Sites.. Earth and Sky Photo contest.. Earth Hour.. Global Lightmeter Network.. The Great Light Switch Out.. International Dark-Sky Communities, Parks, Reserves.. International Dark-Sky Week.. Let There Be Night Planetarium Show.. Nights in the (National) Parks.. Podcasts.. Quiet Skies (Radio Frequency Interference).. Second Life.. Social Networking on MySpace and Facebook.. Star Hunting Programs.. Brochure.. [7.. 6 MB PDF].. Dark Skies Rangers Program.. GLOBE at Night.. The Great World Wide Star Count.. How Many Stars?.. Starlight Initiative.. Starlight Reserves.. Declaration in Defence of Starlight.. World Night in Defense of the Starlight.. Starlight: A Common Heritage.. Travelling Displays, Posters Brochures.. 2010 and beyond.. Frequently Asked Questions:.. Light pollution what is it and why is it important to know?.. What are examples of light pollution regulations, laws policies?.. What are examples of effective lighting?.. What are some ways to measure sky brightness?.. What are some models of sky brightness measurements?.. What are some ways light pollution affects wildlife?.. What are some ways light pollution effects our health?.. What are some outreach programs that promote dark skies awareness and how can we get involved in them?.. Administration.. U.. S.. Dark Skies Working Group.. International  ...   a global problem.. Dark Sky News Around the World.. July 2011.. Dark Skies Rangers in Portugal.. The.. Dark Skies Rangers program.. has its first official Dark Skies Rangers in Portugal.. 9.. students at a high school.. (Escola Secundária Maria lamas) in a course for environmental management, have successfully convinced the school board to turn off some spotlights in front of the school.. The students received their Dark Skies Rangers certificates on July 9, 2011.. July 9, 2011.. May 2011.. 4th International Symposium for Dark-sky Parks and 4th International Dark-sky Camp.. 27 June 1 July 2011 at the Parc Astronomic Montsec, Catalonia, SPAIN.. http://www.. darkskyparks.. org/index.. php/symposium-2011.. html.. May 16, 2011.. 11th European Symposium for the Protection of the Night Sky.. October 6 8 2011 in Osnabrück, Germany.. lichtverschmutzung.. de/symposium_2011/.. February 2011.. Lights Out: Tiny Sark Named First 'Dark-Sky' Island.. The International Dark-Sky Association has named the English Channel island of Sark its first "dark-sky" island.. Read more from NPR.. February 2, 2011.. December 2010.. Link Between Light Pollution and Air Pollution.. Research indicates that glare thrown up into the sky interferes with chemical reactions.. Read more here:.. Sky Telescope:.. Night Lights Worsen Smog.. BBC News:.. City lighting boosts pollution.. December 16, 2010.. View all Dark Sky News from Around the World..

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  • Title: Dark Skies Awareness: Programs
    Descriptive info: Click to enlarge.. En Español.. Programs to Involve the Public in Dark Skies Awareness during the International Year of Astronomy.. Dark Skies Awareness is one of 11 Global Cornerstone Projects during the 2009 International Year of Astronomy (IYA2009) and Dark Skies are a Universal Resource is one of 9 key programs during IYA2009.. The goal of Dark Skies is to raise the level of public knowledge about adverse impacts of excess artificial lighting on local environments and help more people appreciate the ongoing loss of a dark night sky for much of the world s population.. For this IYA2009 Cornerstone Project, the International Astronomical Union is collaborating worldwide with partners in dark-sky and environmental education, such as the US National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO), the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) and the Starlight Initiative.. The project is fostering three main citizen-scientist programs to measure light pollution at a local level.. These programs take the form of star hunts or star counts , providing people with a fun and direct way to acquire heightened awareness about light pollution through firsthand observations of the night sky.. Together the three programs will span the entire year:.. (March 16-28, 2009),.. Great World Wide Star Count.. (Oct.. 9-23, 2009),.. How Many Stars.. (January, February, April through September, November and December).. Radio Frequency Interference, or RFI, is the radio equivalent of light pollution.. Quiet Skies.. program introduces the need for quiet skies to the public through a kit-loan program to schools and museums.. Participants measure the RFI levels in their communities and enter their measurements into a database.. One goal of the program is to display graphically the results, similar to the striking Earth at Night light pollution image.. Great Light Switch Out.. program encourages homeowners to remove and replace their residential light fixtures with ones that are energy efficient and dark sky friendly.. The IDA provides a Homeowner s Guide to Outdoor Lighting on fixture recommendations and suggestions for retail outlets at which to purchase these fixtures.. For online interactions,.. MySpace and Facebook web pages.. introduce new audiences to dark-sky issues.. With a Second Life (SL) destination, visitors will interact with an outdoor lighting design and make changes to lessen glare, light trespass, and sky glow.. At present, adults can visit a recreation of Galileo s villa in Arcetri, just outside Florence.. Above this platform in SL is an urban street scene that allows visitors to switch between good and bad lighting to see the impact of their actions.. These interim sites, hosted by NASA CoLab, are housed within a 3D hologrid, which will move to  ...   light pollution, while being introduced to the wonders of the night sky that people have either lost or are losing at their more light-polluted residences.. Earth and Sky Photo Contest.. asks amateur photographers to combine Earth and sky in one digital photo to see humanity as a family living together on a single planet amidst the vast ocean of our universe, as well as to impress the public with the beauty and importance of dark skies.. Millions of people in cities around the globe turned their lights off for one hour on Saturday, March 29, 2008, to make an unprecedented and highly visible global statement in support for action on climate change, energy conservation, and light pollution.. The World Wildlife Fund is gearing up for next year s.. on Saturday, March 28, 2009, from 8:30–9:30 pm, on the last night of the 2009 GLOBE at Night campaign.. During weekends or periods of time throughout 2009, dark sky observing will be highlighted from within National Parks with near-pristine skies in a program called.. Activities will include workshops on learning the night sky with planispheres and star atlases, workshops on the tools of astronomy and observing techniques, workshops on star counting programs, and daytime and nighttime viewing as well as lectures on light pollution and astronomy.. To promote the establishment of special protection areas for natural night skies and to honor exceptional commitment to preservation of darkness, the IDA with a number of international collaborators and reviewers have established the.. International Dark Sky Communities, Parks, and Reserves.. certification program.. National Dark-Sky Week (NDSW) is an event, usually occurring in April, during which people in the United States are encouraged to turn out unnecessary outdoor lights in order to reduce light pollution temporarily.. NDSW and the Starlight Initiative are cooperating in the launch of the.. World Night in Defence of Starlight.. as the first night of the.. International Dark Sky Week.. (IDSW), April 20-26, 2009.. In summary, the IYA Dark Skies Awareness Cornerstone Project offers a variety of venues with which people can easily get involved in preserving dark skies.. For more information, or to learn how to get involved with any of these programs, e-mail Connie Walker (.. a 2 o g.. ) with Dark Skies Awareness in the subject line.. IYA2009 promises to be a great year, especially if you choose to be involved in a Dark Skies Awareness program.. Consider being a part of a local solution to a global problem.. Together, we can improve our night sky and maintain it as a natural heritage for the generations to come..

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  • Title: Dark Skies Awareness: Dark Sky News from Around the World
    Descriptive info: November 2010.. Too Much Light!.. Carolyn Collins Petersen, TheSpacewriter, talks about how humans are lighting up the sky, wasting money and chasing away the stars.. Listen to the podcast.. at the 365 Days of Astronomy website.. November 11, 2010.. August 2010.. Get Ready for The Great World Wide Star Count.. The Great World Wide Star Count encourages everyone to go outside, look skyward after dark, note the stars in certain constellations, and report what they could see online.. Star Count is designed to raise awareness about the night sky and encourage learning in astronomy.. All the information needed to participate is available on the Star Count Web site.. Be sure to.. download the 2010 Activity Guide.. (available in 8 languages) to prepare your class for this project.. Participation involves use of a simple protocol and an easy data entry form.. During the first three years, over 31,000 individuals from 64 countries and all 7 continents participated in this campaign to measure light pollution globally.. At the conclusion of the event, maps and datasets will be generated highlighting the results of this exciting citizen science campaign.. Mark your calendars and plan on joining thousands of other students, families, and citizen scientists counting stars this fall.. The Great World Wide Star Count will be held from October 29 November 12, 2010.. For more information visit.. http://windows2universe.. org/starcount/.. or email.. c e.. August 26, 2010.. July 2010.. The University of Coimbra offers a postdoc position in Light Pollution and Dark Sky Preservation.. The Portuguese Foundation for Science and for Technology (.. FCT.. ) has opened the 2010 call for applications for postdoctoral individual grants, one in particular on Light Pollution and Dark Sky Preservation.. Deadline is September 6.. For more information, please visit:.. http://cfc.. fis.. uc.. pt/postdoc_astro.. php.. July 15, 2010.. May 2010.. Austrian village seeks UNESCO protection for its starry skies.. Nestled in a hollow and surrounded by low hills, the village of Grossmugl, Austria is shileded from light pollution.. This small community of 1,600 people just a half hour s drive from Vienna, is proud of the 5,000 stars the light up their night sky every evening, and they want to protect that view.. Wanting to avoid the fate of Vienna, which only sees some 40 stars at night, Grossmugl is seeking to become a UNESCO world heritage site.. As astronomer Guenther Wuchterl says, It s something for when you are 17, when you lie in the meadow with your girlfriend.. Earth Times article.. |.. StarryNightLights blog post.. May 24, 2010.. April 2010.. The 10th European Symposium for the Protection of the Night Sky: The Science of Light Pollution.. 2-4 September 2010, Kaposvár, Hungary.. You are cordially invited to the 10th European Symposium for the Protection of the Night Sky.. The symposium shall take place in Kaposvár, Hungary on September 2-4, 2010.. The main goal of the symposium is to exchange views among experts and activists working on the field of light pollution.. The scientific program will be divided in several sessions, dealing with all aspects of obtrusive light.. A special attention will be given to scientific results on the biological and environmental impact of light pollution and the modeling of obtrusive light.. A session is also dedicated to the interaction of architecture with light pollution.. More information on the meeting logistics and the call for papers.. April 29, 2010.. 3rd International Symposium for Dark-Sky Parks and 3rd International Dark-Sky Camp: 6-10 September 2010, Lastovo Island Nature Park, Croatia.. In this exciting gathering we are welcoming astronomers, park managers, representatives of international and national (non-governmental) organizations, experts in biology, (eco)tourism, natural and cultural heritage and interested people.. Topics to be discussed are light pollution, values of natural night-sky, efforts to include astronomy and the nocturnal side into nature conservation activities and many more.. The aim of the symposium is to establish an effective long-term framework for reducing light pollution internationally.. The symposium is a five-day event, comprising of lectures, field-trips and night observations at possibly one of the darkest places in Europe.. Click.. here for the announcement.. and.. here for the Call for Papers.. Please refer to.. org.. for further information.. April 22, 2010.. Photo Contest Winners Announced.. 2010 April 1: Winners of the.. International Earth and Sky Photo Contest on Dark Skies Importance.. are announced by.. The World at Night.. projects.. Submissions to the contest had been received during the second half of International year of Astronomy 2009.. Submitted photographs were all taken during the year of astronomy and were all created in the TWAN style —showing both the Earth and the sky—by combining elements of the night sky set against the Earth horizon with backdrop of a notable location or landmark.. contest.. was open to anyone of any age, anywhere around the world.. About 200 entries were received from over 30 countries.. For more information see.. darkskiesawareness.. org/photo-contest.. April 1, 2010.. March 2010.. Earth Hour 2010.. Beginning in Sydney, Australia three years ago, Earth Hour has grown into a global observance.. States, large organizations and individual people observed Earth Hour 2010 on Saturday March 27th, as homes, office towers and landmarks turned off their lights for an hour starting at 8.. 30 pm local time to raise awareness about climate change and the threat from rising greenhouse gas emissions.. Collected at the.. Boston Globe s Big Picture.. are a series of before-and-after photographs from this year which will fade between on and off when clicked.. (This effect requires javascript to be enabled.. ) Below is one of the images (Las Vegas).. For more information on the results of Earth Hour, see.. www.. earthhour.. March 29, 2010.. Global Astronomy Month.. In the next month, from March 27 through April 20, Global Astronomy Month (GAM) invites you to participate in three upcoming events that celebrate dark night skies and promote responsible lighting.. (For more information on GAM, see:.. astronomy2009.. org/news/updates/765/.. ).. Earth Hour 2010:.. On March 27, 2010 at 8:30 pm, millions of people around the world will come together once again to make a bold statement about their concern for climate change by doing something quite simple—turning off their lights for one hour.. Earth Hour symbolizes that, by working together, each of us can make a positive impact in the fight against climate change.. In March 2009, during the International Year of Astronomy, more than 4100 cities in 87 countries and over 1 billion people around the world turned off their lights for Earth Hour to demonstrate their commitment to slowing the effects of climate change.. Let’s exceed these numbers this year! For more information on Earth Hour, see www.. org.. The International Dark Sky Week:.. From April 4 through April 10, 2010, the International Dark Sky Week celebrates the heritage of the nighttime sky by also encouraging people to turn out unnecessary lights.. The event began in 2003 as National Dark-Sky Week in the United States and officially became international in 2009, during the International Year of Astronomy.. The key to success is participation.. To participate International Dark Sky Week this year, here are some suggestions:.. Turn out your outdoor lights during the week whenever safe to do so.. Light only when and where needed.. Encourage friends and neighbors to do the same.. Change out lights to something more energy efficient and shielded if possible.. Find out if there are any star parties or events at a local observatory during the week to promote dark skies awareness.. For more information on the International Dark Sky Week, visit www.. org/idsw.. php.. World Night in Defense of the Starlight:.. On April 20th, 2007 during the first International Starlight Conference, it was agreed to promote annually the World Night in Defense of the Starlight as part of our cultural, scientific and environmental heritage.. Every year on April 20th we remind ourselves of the need to preserve our right to view a dark night sky full of stars and to take steps to prevent its disappearance.. World Night on April 20th is an opportunity to get actively involved in many ways:.. Switch-off unnecessary lights at night to recover the stars and at the same time save energy and slow down climate change.. Organize artistic events or competitions related to astronomical themes.. Offer night sky viewing through telescopes.. Provide media coverage and public talks by astronomers and dark skies advocates.. Identify local areas that warrant dark skies protection.. Advocate for local dark sky ordinances.. And, in particular, organize events in which children can participate.. Our capacity to maintain the right to observe stars is in their hands; it should be the right of future generations.. This year,.. falls within Astronomy Week 2010.. March 22, 2010.. Get Ready for Globe at Night.. Sky and Telescope invites everyone everywhere to participate in the worldwide Globe at Night campaign! Here s your chance to make a world of difference.. From March 3rd to 16th, you can record the brightness of your night sky and submit it on-line.. It s easy and fun.. Check out:.. skyandtelescope.. com/observing/home/85035702.. March 2, 2010.. February 2010.. Manmade Light at Night: Perils and Promises Symposium on March 11.. The Illinois Coalition for Responsible Outdoor Lighting (ICROL) will host with Lewis University a symposium on March 11, 2010 entitled Manmade Light at Night: Perils and Promises.. The program addresses the effects of light pollution on health, environment, energy consumption, and astronomical observation along with solutions for responsible lighting offered by 2 municipalities: Santa Rosa, CA and Homer Glen, IL.. Distinguished speakers include: Steven Lockley, PhD Harvard Medical; Pete Strasser International Dark-Sky Association; Mark Hammergren, PhD Adler Planetarium; Rick Moshier Public Works Director, Santa Rosa, CA; Margaret Sabo and Edmond Cage, Trustee and Community Development (respectively), Homer Glen, IL; Kate Tomford, Director of Sustainability Office; Illinois Governor Pat Quinn; and ICROL s Drew Carhart discussing sustainable lighting practices.. The goal will be not only deliver information to a given audience but, with diverse stake-holders in attendence, to foster dialogue, and perhaps action, that bridges the gap between the sayers and the doers.. More information can be found at.. illinoislighting.. org/.. Other webpages on the website worth noting include,.. terminology.. ,.. ICROL s Chicago study.. , and the.. symposium page.. February 22, 2010.. Gear-up for GLOBE at Night 2010!.. Two out of every three people in the United States cannot see the Milky Way galaxy arch across a pristinely dark night sky.. Light pollution is obscuring people s long-standing natural heritage to view stars.. GLOBE at Night is an international citizen-science campaign to raise public awareness of the impact of light pollution by encouraging everyone everywhere to measure local levels of night sky brightness and contribute observations online to a world map.. All it takes is a few minutes to participate between 8-10pm, March 3-16.. Your measurements will make a world of difference.. For more information, visit the website at.. globeatnight.. As part of gearing up for the GLOBE at Night Campaign (March 3-16), check out this.. 10-minute audio podcast from 365 Days of Astronomy.. February 16, 2010.. Dark Sky Awareness Kit visits the Missouri State House.. On February 9, 2010 Robert Wagner, International Dark-Sky Association Board Member, visited the Missouri State House to argue for public education of light pollution.. In tow was the Dark Sky Awareness Kit.. (See.. org/DarkSkiesRangers/.. ) As part of his testimony he demonstrated how this simple kit is used to show skyglow, glare and light trespass.. Customized with an inexpensive light meter and various figures such as plastic spiders, little green army men and toy cars, the experiment is fun and entertaining for all ages.. When people are able to maximize the amount of light on the road and minimize the stray light, they understand how easy light pollution can be remedied.. More.. here - including audio highlights.. of the hearing.. December 2009.. Dark Skies Rangers Program is now on-line!.. Through the.. , students learn about the importance of dark skies and experience activities that illustrate proper lighting, light pollution’s effects on wildlife and how to measure the darkness of your skies.. A highlight of the program is the citizen science project,.. , which enlists the help of students to collect data on the night sky conditions in their community and contribute to a worldwide database on light pollution.. To learn more about the program and its activities, see.. December 31, 2009.. A New Vision: Science and Tourism under the Stars.. The StarLight Foundation.. has announced a new initiative.. to encourage the use of Science both as a resource for tourism and an essential part of sustainable tourism practices.. The StarLight Tourism Certification System aims to ensure the quality of tourism experiences involving the nightscapes, the view of stars and the cosmos and the related scientific, cultural and environmental knowledge.. Read more in their press release.. Lighting and Astronomy.. Physics Today editors invited one of the co-authors to write a technical article on behalf of the efforts of the IYA2009 Dark Skies Awareness cornerstone project.. The feature article.. by C.. Luginbuhl, C.. Walker and R.. Wainscoat in the December 2009 of Physics Today discusses how the rapid growth of light pollution threatens the future of astronomical observation.. The article includes detailed modeling of how light from the ground propagates through the atmosphere and suggests ways to limit the damage.. December 15, 2009.. November 2009.. International Dark-Sky Association Director s Award Goes to the IYA Dark Skies Working Groups.. Connie Walker (chair) and the working group members of Dark Skies Awareness working groups internationally and for the U.. received an International Dark-Sky Association Executive Director s Award at the recent IDA Annual General Meeting for their work on the U.. and International IYA 2009 Cornerstone Project Dark Skies Awareness.. org/contact.. for the lists of working group members.. ) IYA Dark Skies Awareness has made impacts not only with.. the project s programs.. but also at major conferences worldwide on lighting (CIE) and astronomy (IAU) internationally, as well as the 9th European Symposium on Light Pollution, and recently the Starlight Reserves workshop.. Look for Walker s writing on lighting and astronomy with co-authors Luginbuhl and Wainscoat in the December 2009 issue of Physics Today.. November 30, 2009.. Year 7 Students from Australia Win a National Young Scientist Award for their Light Pollution Survey.. Year 7 students from a Sydney school won a national young scientist award for their light-pollution survey.. Specifically, students in the Redeemer Baptist School (North Parramatta) won the first price of the NATA (National Association of Testing Authorities) 2009 Young Scientists Award (a nation-wide competition).. Over 12 weeks the students measured and mapped light pollution levels in the Sydney Metropolitan Area, comparing results with different locations in the Australian regional NSW and around the world acquired using a specially designed website.. The winning students were inspired by the International Year of Astronomy and the school s CSIRO in-school scientist and astronomer Angel Lopez-Sanchez.. They won $5000 in science equipment for the school The students collected more than 3500  ...   knowledge or attend presentations by leading experts in the light-pollution field, and creates an opportunity for networking, collaboration, sharing of information and the building of trust relationships.. Symposium will bring together managers of protected areas, experts in biology, (eco)tourism, natural and cultural heritage, lighting industry and others to further the action plan on reducing light pollution.. The symposium is a five-day event, comprising of lectures, field-trips and night observations.. July 5, 2009.. An important step forward for the Astronomy and World Heritage Initiative and the Starlight Reserves proposal.. (Cipriano Marin).. On June 24, 2009, the Astronomy and World Heritage Initiative and the Starlight Reserves proposal were presented to the delegates of several countries in the framework of the 33rd Session of the World Heritage Committee held in Seville (Spain).. This has been an important step towards the recognition of cultural, scientific and environmental values associated to astronomy and the right to observe the stars as a common heritage of humankind.. The event allowed the Committee to formally present the Starlight Reserve concept.. The digital and final version of the Starlight Reserve Guidelines publication that was presented in Seville.. can be found here.. Also noteworthy is the big step forward made by both the Astronomy and World Heritage Initiative and the Starlight Reserves proposal, through the recognition of their associated values by the World Heritage Committee.. More information on the Seville event.. is available.. July 3, 2009.. News from Canada: Areas within Two National Parks Earn the Dark Sky Preserves Designation (Update from Robert Dick).. This summer, the RASC has designated another two permanent Dark Sky Preserves (DSPs).. They both have exceptional skies and are located within two National Parks: The Kouchibougauc National Park (239.. 2 km2) in New Brunswick, and the Bruce Peninsula / Fathom Five Marine National Park (267 km2) in Ontario between Lake Huron and Georgian Bay.. This brings our total to nine.. Two more applications this year may be coming from New Brunswick.. There is generally very limited light pollution in the province because it is sparsely populated (750,000 people) yet with an area about that of West Virginia.. Conservation Authorities and Land (and water) Stewardship organizations are particularly receptive to the message to reduce light pollution.. Although astronomy catches their attention, the impact of light pollution on wildlife (scotobiology) is the impetus that coaxes them into action.. The impact of their property and shoreline lighting comes as a surprise to most people, but their corrective action is swift.. Scotobiology is also proving to be the main driver behind the DSPs in our Federal Parks.. July 2, 2009.. News from Austria: A Campaign and Light Meters to Monitor Dark Skies (Update from Guenther Wuchterl).. Join thousands of other citizen-scientists hunting for stars during the International Year of Astronomy s How Many Stars campaign to preserve and observe the nighttime sky! How Many Stars encourages everyone students, educators, and the general public to measure the darkness of their local skies and contribute their observations online to a world map.. One of the main constellations used to measure the night sky brightness, Ursa Minor, is high in the northern sky this summer.. So come participate now! For more information, visit.. http://starlit.. at.. Also more translators are needed for these webpages.. Translations can be done easily online at the website.. Newly developed light meters will continuously measure the night sky brightness at many locations around the globe to monitor changes and provide an unbiased reference for the unaided eye measurements within constellations.. Adopt a light meter and record the brightness of the night sky in your city, at your school or at your observatory.. You need: (1) a computer with USB and Windows XP/NT/2000, (2) a place with a good view of the sky within 20 meters of the computer, and (3) about 100 Euros for the light meter.. Contact.. e e e.. to adopt a starlight meter! For more information, visit.. http://wiki.. sternhell.. June 2009.. News from Japan: Japan s Candle Night.. Japan s Candle Night initiative simply suggests that people switch off their lights for two hours, from 8:00 to 10:00 p.. on the night of the summer solstice to enjoy some time by candlelight.. On June 21, 2009, major facilities and businesses in Japan turned their lights off from 8 to 10 pm.. This year s summer solstice also marks the sixth anniversary of an event called Candle Night since it was started in 2003.. The idea of holding Candle Night in Japan, where people turn off their lights and light candles in unison, was originally inspired by the Voluntary Blackout movement in Canada, launched in 2001.. Read More.. June 26, 2009.. News from Hong Kong: Hong Kong Dims the Light Fantastic.. Green activists have claimed a victory in their battle against light pollution, saying the sky above Victoria Harbor in Hong Kong was 60 per cent darker than normal last night during the two-hour Dim It Brighten Up campaign on June 21, 2009.. In the first Dim It campaign last year about 140 buildings took part, making Victoria Harbor 32 per cent dimmer than usual, according to the organizers, the Friends of the Earth.. June 21 was chosen because it is the summer solstice and marks the start of peak electricity usage.. News from Brazil: Brazil s Citizen-Science Milky Way Marathon.. Brazil is holding a Milky Way Marathon a national star-hunting citizen-science campaign that serves as a reminder that the Milky Way is becoming less and less known by Brazilians as a result of increasing light pollution in the country.. June 25, 2009.. May 2009.. Dark Skies Awareness Podcast.. Listen to the Dark Skies Awaresness podcast,.. Back to the Dark Ages: Responsible Nighttime Lighting.. , from the.. 365 Days of Astronomy.. web site on May 16, 2009.. May 15, 2009.. The fight against light pollution continues in France.. 3rd National Dark Sky Congress of France.. on Night Environment Protection will take place in the Midi Pyrenees Region during the 2009 International Year of Astronomy.. The congress will be a place of pragmatic and constructive informational exchanges addressing light pollution issues with people and specialists coming from various technical, scientific, professional horizons.. This 3rd national congress for the Protection of the Sky and the Night Environment is organized by Licorness, La Ferme des Etoiles, L Association Nationale pour la Protection du Ciel et de l Environnement Nocturnes (A.. N.. P.. C.. E.. N) and the town of Fleurance.. The conference will take place in the town of Fleurance in France over three days, October 23, 24 and 25 2009.. The deadline for sending abstracts will be on September 1st and the final inscriptions will be closed on October 1st, 2009.. For additional technical information (Conferences, updated schedule of speeches, news, and more) visit.. the Licorness internet website.. May 10, 2009.. April 2009.. Seventh Annual Dark-Sky Week Celebration.. International Dark-Sky Week will occur from April 20 to April 26, 2009.. This event began as National Dark-Sky Week in the United States in 2003, endorsed by the International Dark-Sky Association, the American Astronomical Society, and the Astronomical League.. This year, the International Year of Astronomy (IYA) Dark Skies Awareness Global Cornerstone Project is also endorsing the event on a global level as the International Dark Skies Week (IDSW), part of IYA s dark skies preservation efforts.. The first night of IDSW will coincide with the Starlight Initiative s World Night in Defense of Starlight.. Find out more at.. ndsw.. April 10, 2009.. March 2009.. Join millions of people in cities across the world in turning off unneeded lights for 1 hour this Saturday, March 28, from 8:30-9:30pm, to make a highly visible global statement in support for action on climate change, energy conservation and light pollution.. Find out more about Earth Hour at.. 25 March, 2009.. The Ninth European Symposium for the Protection of the Night Sky will be launched at the Royal Irish Academy, Dublin, on 16th September 2009 and will then take place from the 17th to the 19th September 2009 in the Market Place, Armagh, Northern Ireland.. The symposium will primarily focus on the following areas:.. Astronomy.. Wildlife, Energy and Environment.. Education.. Health.. Luminaire technologies and design.. Policy and Public lighting.. Submit abstracts, up to 200 words, via email to.. t 9.. no later than May 30th 2009.. Further Symposium details and pre-registration is available on the website.. lightpollution2009.. eu.. 24 March, 2009.. Dark Sky Discovery.. The first two events in the Dark Sky Discovery programme have taken place in England.. Professional and amateur astronomers, planetarium presenters, educators and open space managers gathered for a workshop at Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum to form the West Midlands Dark Sky Partnership and to develop a programme that will involve community groups in their local dark skies as windows into the universe.. The Yorkshire Dark Sky partnership launched its programme at the Yorkshire Planetarium.. The Dark Sky Discovery project, led by the Royal Observatory Edinburgh, is bringing together some 50 organisations to form 12 Dark Sky Partnerships, covering all parts of the UK and Ireland, as part of the International Year of Astronomy 2009.. darkskydiscovery.. uk.. 13 March, 2009.. GLOBE at Night: Shed Light on Light Pollution! (Podcast).. GLOBE at Night is an international citizen-science campaign to raise public awareness of the impact of light pollution by encouraging everyone to measure local levels of night sky brightness and contribute observations online to a world map.. All it takes is a few minutes to participate between 7-10pm, March 16-28.. More information.. 6 March, 2009.. Starlight Reserves and World Heritage Workshop.. The International workshop Starlight Reserves and World Heritage: Scientific, Cultural and Environment Values will be held on the island of Fuerteventuura on 10-11 March 2009.. This meeting is part of the cycle of the UNESCO-World Heritage activities Astronomy and World Heritage: across time and continents , launched within the framework of the World Heritage Initiative on Astronomical Heritage during the celebration of the International Year of Astronomy, IYA2009.. 2 March, 2009.. February 2009.. 2nd International Symposium on Dark-Sky Parks.. We are most pleased to announce the 2nd International Symposium on Dark-Sky Parks that will take place between 14 and 19 September 2009 at Lastovo Islands Nature park, Croatia.. This is a unique event that provides your institutions and you individually to take part in a milestone process in nature conservation in establishing an effective long-term framework for reducing light pollution internationally.. Symposium participants are site managers, representatives of international and national (non-governmental) organisations, experts in biology, (eco)tourism, natural and cultural heritage, lighting industry, etc.. The Call for papers, inviting the abstracts to be submitted by 3 May, is available at.. Further information, such as a provisional agenda, participants cofirmed, travel information, etcetera, will be available on the conference website.. 23 February, 2009.. New Zealand town is in the dark and proud of it.. TEKAPO, New Zealand This little town is in the dark and proud of it.. Where other places greet the night by lighting up their streets and tourist attractions, this one goes the other way low-energy sodium lamps are shielded from above, and household lights must face down, not up.. The purpose: to bring out the stars.. More from the Associated Press.. 8 February, 2009.. Young Astronomers Study the Night Sky and Collaborate with Peers Online.. For the first time in human history, more than half of the world s inhabitants live in cities, where they re surrounded by bright lights that obscure their view of the stars.. Astronomers worry that this disconnection from the night sky not only diminishes people s appreciation of a valuable natural resource one that has inspired scientists and poets alike for millennia but also poses health concerns, such as disruption of sleep cycles.. More from Edutopia.. 4 February, 2009.. January 2009.. It s good to be in the dark.. Most of us don t realize what we re missing when we step outside at night.. At best, a few dozen stars might be visible through the city haze.. But if you ve ever driven through open farmland or stood on an island beach, you know how miraculous it is to see the stretching arm of our galaxy wash the sky in silver.. More from the Tucson Citizen.. 26 January, 2009.. Dark Sky Star Party.. As a fun kickoff for the 2009 International Year of Astronomy, the UH Institute for Astronomy sponsored a Dark Sky Star Party at the Visitor Information Station (VIS) at the 9300 foot elevation of Mauna Kea on Thursday, January 15, from 5:00-10:00 pm.. The event brought awareness to the importance of maintaining Hawaii s dark night skies, while showcasing some of the jewels therein through telescopes set up at the VIS.. More from Astro Today.. 15 January, 2009.. Nightscape Magazine.. , the quarterly member publication of the International Dark Sky Association, features several stories about the International Year of Astronomy, including an article on the Dark Skies Awareness cornerstone.. See issue #75 at.. the IDA web site.. 01 January 2009.. Starting this month and running the entire year:.. How Many Stars? is an IYA Dark Skies Awareness citizen-science project for anyone anywhere to measure sky brightness and contribute the observations on-line to a worldwide map of light pollution.. Take a few minutes to be a part of a local solution to a global problem; visit.. at/.. From 2008.. Scotland prepares to host Europe s first dark sky park.. From the car park in the foothills of the Range of the Awful Hand, it is a short walk to what may be the darkest place in the country.. Drive up here after sunset and you are unlikely to set eyes on another soul, yet the site is famous among a small group of enthusiasts who come here in the black of night to stand, watch and wonder.. The patch of ground in the imposing row of mountains is surrounded by 300 square miles of moorland, woods and lochs that form the rugged wilderness of Galloway Forest Park in southern Scotland, and in a few weeks, officers at the forest will take steps towards making it Europe s first official dark sky park.. Read more from Friends of the Environment.. 24 December 2008.. The Candle Night campaign suggests spending time in more natural light.. , away from everyday life and artificial lighting.. It s not a movement asking people to turn off their lights necessarily, but it has spurred people and organizations to do just that as a result.. For more information, see.. candle-night.. org/english/.. 21 December 2008.. Listen to this.. Cosmic Radio news segment on Quiet Skies.. (Dark Skies analog for Radio Astronomy) [2.. 32 MB mp3 file].. December 2008.. View the trailer.. for.. The Dark Side of Light.. , a 50 minute documentary on Light Pollution, produced in Germany.. The New York Times has published a video opinion piece,.. In the Dark, How turning the lights off could help New York s pending budget gap.. 19 November 2008..

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  • Title: Dark Skies Awareness: About
    Descriptive info: The arc of the Milky Way seen from a truly dark site is part of our planet s cultural and natural heritage.. It is now more urgent than ever to preserve and protect dark night skies in places such as urban cultural landscapes, national parks and sites connected with astronomical observations, as well as to support the goals of UNESCO s thematic initiative, Astronomy and World Heritage, to preserve sites of astronomical importance for posterity.. The ongoing loss of a dark night sky for much of the world s population is a serious and growing issue that not only impacts astronomical research, but also human health, ecology, safety, security, economics and energy conservation.. According to the United Nations, around 3.. 3 billion people, over half of the world s population, live in  ...   Astronomy Observatory, representatives of the International Dark-Sky Association, the Starlight Initiative and other national and international partners in dark-sky and environmental education on several related themes.. The focus is on three main citizen-scientist programs that measure local levels of light pollution.. These programs take the form of star hunts or star counts , providing people with a fun and direct way of acquiring heightened awareness of light pollution through firsthand observations of the night sky.. The three programs cover the entire IYA2009, namely GLOBE at Night (in March), the Great World Wide Star Count (in October) and How Many Stars (January, February, April through September, November and December).. During IYA2009, GLOBE at Night set a new record, with 80% more observations of the world s dark skies than the program s previous best..

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  • Title: Dark Skies Awareness: FAQ
    Descriptive info: What are some ways light pollution effects wildlife?.. Glaring lights can actually reduce visibility.. Image Credit: International Dark-Sky Association.. Light pollution is excessive and inappropriate artificial light.. The four components of light pollution are often combined and may overlap:.. Urban Sky Glow.. the brightening of the night sky over inhabited areas.. Light Trespass.. light falling where it is not intended, wanted, or needed.. Glare.. excessive brightness which causes visual discomfort.. High levels of glare can decrease visibility.. Clutter.. bright, confusing, and excessive groupings of light sources, commonly found in over-lit urban areas.. The proliferation of clutter contributes to urban sky glow, trespass, and glare.. For most of Earth s history, our spectacular universe of stars and galaxies has been visible in the darkness of the night sky.. From our earliest beginnings, the vast spectacle arrayed across the dark sky has inspired questions about our universe and our relation to it.. The history of scientific discovery, art, literature, astronomy, navigation, exploration, philosophy, and even human curiosity itself would be diminished without our view of the stars.. But today, the increasing number of people living on earth and the corresponding increase in inappropriate and unshielded outdoor lighting has resulted in light pollution a brightening night sky that has obliterated the stars for much of the world s population.. Most people must travel far from home, away from the glow of artificial lighting, to experience the awe-inspiring expanse of the Milky Way as our ancestors once knew it.. Read more about Light  ...   a clear sky and when there were no lights in the first 100 meters.. A map of the SQM measurements is shown.. Note that the higher the number, the darker the sky (less light pollution).. Using a Digital SLR camera to monitor light pollution.. Sky Quality Meter monitoring of the night sky at the Zselic Landscape Protection Area.. Sky Brightness Nomogram.. Light Pollution in Hong Kong.. Light Pollution Modelling.. A Silent Cry for Dark Skies.. Deprived of darkness: the unnatural ecology of artificial light at night.. Light at night and Breast cancer Risk Worldwide.. Preserving the Dark: Advocating Against Light Pollution at the American Medical Association.. From Science News:.. Darkness, Melatonin May Stall Breast and Prostate Cancers.. The Hellenic Astronomical Society joining the international effort of the IAU Cornerstone Project Dark Skies Awareness has dedicated a national action in dark sky and environmental education, informing the citizens and authorities, through.. a relevant leaflet.. and organizing a national photographic contest for students, amateur and professional photographers.. More information can be found on the.. Hellenic Astronomical Society website.. More outreach programs.. Promoting Dark-Skies and Astro-Tourism in Tanzania.. Reduce el impacto de la contaminación luminica - Fideicomiso de Conservación.. Lights at Night.. - from the Marion Koshland Science Museum of the National Academy of Sciences.. Light Pollution Trading Cards.. Light in Our Life poster contest.. Dark Skies at Harkins Middle.. Video.. Mary Lou s New Telescope.. StarParks.. Dark Skies in the UK.. Thinking Worlds - an immersive 3D game about light pollution..

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  • Title: Dark Skies Awareness: Contact
    Descriptive info: Contact Information for Dark Skies Awareness.. Constance (Connie) Walker, Ph.. D.. Chair (USA, NOAO).. 950 N.. Cherry Ave.. Tucson, AZ 85719 USA.. (520) 318-8535.. Task Groups and Cooperating Institutions.. Connie Walker.. (USA,NOAO) - Chair.. Viviana Bianchi.. Argentina.. viviana_bianchi@hotmail.. com.. Beatriz Garcia.. beatrizgarciautn@gmail.. Robert Hollow.. Australia.. Robert.. Hollow@csiro.. Helen Sim.. Helen.. Sim@csiro.. Thomas Posch.. Austria.. posch@astro.. univie.. ac.. Guenther Wuchterl.. gwuchterl@tls-tautenburg.. de.. Friedel Pas.. Belgium.. europe@darksky.. Tasso Napoleao.. Brazil.. tassonapoleao@ig.. br.. Robert Dick.. Canada.. rdick@ccs.. carleton.. ca.. Ken Tapping.. Ken.. Tapping@nrc.. gc.. Carmen Gloria Jimenez.. Chile.. youhyax@yahoo.. Pedro Sanhueza.. psanhueza@opcc.. cl.. Cristian Goez.. Colombia.. crisgote2005@hotmail.. Roger Ferlet.. France.. ferlet@iap.. fr.. Alain Legue.. alain.. legue@wanadoo.. Andreas Haneal.. Germany.. Haenel@osnabrueck.. Rosa Doran.. GHOU.. rosa.. doran@gmail.. Sze-Leung Cheung.. Hong Kong.. csl@hokoon.. edu.. hk.. Margarita Metaxa.. Greece.. m-metaxa@otenet.. gr.. Kollath Zoltan.. Hungary.. kollath@konkoly.. hu.. Robert Hill.. Ireland.. rabhill@hotmail.. Albert White.. albert.. white@gmail.. Fabio Falchi.. Italy.. falchi@lightpollution.. it.. Stefania Varano.. s.. varano@ira.. inaf.. Alessandra Zanazzi.. zanazzi@cittadellascienza.. Shigemi Uchida.. Japan.. suchida@mvc.. biglobe.. ne.. jp.. Steve Butler.. New Zealand.. s_butler@xtra.. co.. nz.. Maria Luisa Aguilar Hurtado.. Peru.. ml_aguilarh@yahoo.. es.. Julia Romanowska.. Poland.. romju57@gmail.. Tomasz Wierzchowski.. tomasz.. wierzchowski@gmail.. Dan Hillier..  ...   Group.. (chair), NOAO / GLOBE at Night.. (advisor), Royal Astronomical Society of Canada.. Malcolm Smith.. (advisor), AURA, CTIO, IAU Commission 50.. Bob Crelin.. , Glarebuster (light fixture) Inventor; Author.. Carter Smith.. , Light pollution research with Sky Quality Meters.. Chad Moore.. , National Park Service.. Chris Walker.. , Activist and Philanthropist.. Chuck Bueter.. , Nightwise.. Dan Brocious.. , Whipple Observatory.. Dan Duriscoe.. Dennis Ward.. , Windows to the Universe / GWWSC.. Don Davis.. , Planetary Science Institute.. Fred Schaaf.. , Sky and Telescope.. Jennifer Barlow.. , National Dark Skies Week.. , International Dark-Sky Association.. Richard Wainscoat.. , Institute for Astronomy.. , NRAO.. , Astronomical League.. Ron Maddelena, NRAO.. Cooperating Institutions:.. The following institutions have been instrumental in working with the IYA2009 Cornerstone Project, Dark Skies Awareness.. We wish to thank them for their ongoing support.. Astronomers Without Borders.. Astronomical League.. Astronomical Society of the Pacific programs for IYA.. Astronomy from the Ground Up.. GWWSC.. International Dark-Sky Association.. International Sidewalk Astronomers.. Let there be Night.. NASA s IYA web page.. National Optical Astronomy Observatory.. Night Sky Network.. Quiet Skies @ NRAO.. Starlight Initiative..

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  • Title: Dark Skies Awareness: Dark Skies Discovery Sites
    Descriptive info: Dark Skies Discovery Sites (DSDS).. The Dark Skies Discovery Sites (DSDS) program seeks to establish permanent relatively dark locations where the public can be educated about light pollution while being introduced to the wonders of the night sky.. DSDS Application.. If you would like to have your site designated as an offical Dark Sky Discovery Site, please fill out the.. online Dark Sky Discovery Site Designation application form.. WHAT THE DSDS PROGRAM IS ABOUT.. Dark Skies Discovery Sites (DSDSs) are places where the public is educated about light pollution and its many negative effects in the context of being introduced to the exciting sights of a fairly dark sky.. Astronomy clubs or individuals can earn the official DSDS designation for their location by agreeing to present, mostly at their own pace and schedule, an ongoing series of programs about light pollution.. The major focus at each event must be on light pollution.. What is the most direct, potent, visceral way to get people to feel a personal stake in the struggle to control and reduce light pollution? It is to show them the wonders of the night sky at a comparatively dark site while pointing out the extent to which each wonder has been rendered invisible or feeble by light pollution for everyone who lives in or near cities and towns in the area.. Of course, it will also be important to point out at DSDS Events not just the views of astronomical beauty and interest being lost to light pollution but also how light pollution robs our pocketbooks, worsens global warming, decreases traffic safety and crime prevention, and endangers both flora and fauna and even human health.. Many of these practical negative effects of light pollution can be mentioned at an indoor talk but even they become far more vivid and make a powerful impact when people can see light pollution for themselves at a DSDS.. One of the most potent activities at a DSDS is to help people find the dome of sky glow from the city or town they come from and stun them with the information of how far away the city s light pollution reaches and how many dollars worth of energy a year is being wasted by that city s light pollution.. HOW DARK DOES A DARK SKIES DISCOVERY SITE NEED TO BE?.. The one outstanding physical requirement for a DSDS is that it be darker than most locations where people live that are within 10 or 20 miles (15 to 30 kilometers) of it.. We do feel that it is important to have a comparatively dark sky to qualify to be a DSDS.. Although we do not want to discourage anyone from founding a DSDS (please see the end of this section for reassurance!), the figure we are suggesting for the brightest acceptable limiting magnitude is one of about 4.. 8.. This would suffice to show enough exciting naked-eye views for participants who come from the midst of a very highly populated, heavily light-polluted area.. If you are not familiar with the concept of a zenith limiting magnitude or how to estimate it, or in any case wonder whether a site you have in mind is darker than magnitude 4.. 8, you can find the area of your site at.. Clear Sky Chart.. and figure out the approximate zenith limiting magnitude by checking on the light pollution map for a location near your planned site.. The color-coded maps portray the most light-polluted areas in white and these have limiting magnitudes of roughly 5.. 0.. Remember, the higher the magnitude number, the darker the sky.. Thus, a DSDS near the edge of a white area on the map might be acceptably  ...   to try at DSDS Events.. We will post this information in January 2009.. The next step comes after the organizer of a new DSDS has held one or more DSDS Events (with activities of ones own choosing) and has amassed a total of 100 people having attended (once again, this could be 100 people at one Event or it could be 20 at a first, 40 at a second, and 40 at a third Event, totaling 100).. At this point, the organizer can contact us for a second, richer package of free information and resources, including, as long as funding permits, a Sky Quality Meter (retail value $119-135) for directly measuring the brightness of the sky.. We also hope at this point to be able to supply each DSDS with the PDF file of an official permanent DSDS sign to display at the site.. HOW TO MAINTAIN A DSDS DESIGNATION.. Our present plan is to encourage numerous DSDS Events at each site but to require relatively few Events to maintain a DSDS designation.. We ask for a minimum of six DSDS Events to be held within a 24-month period beginning with the initial DSDS designation.. We also ask that within this period the attendance of all the Events combined add up to a minimum of 200.. (We hope to offer awards to the DSDSs which hold the most events and attract the most people.. FEEDBACK FROM YOU AND CONTACT WITH OTHER DARK SKIES DISCOVERY SITES.. We at the central office for DSDS greatly desire to hear from local organizers.. We welcome all of your communications whether they are about your questions, suggestions, problems, or positive progress.. We also hope that all local DSDS organizers will stay in touch with fellow DSDSers in other parts of the U.. and world through our web site.. All of you will have much useful advice and experience to share with each other.. By staying in touch, everyone will benefit and be inspired by the knowledge that they are participating in a major movement that is achieving widespread and significant progress in two intimately connected efforts: the battle to control and reduce light pollution and the crusade to bring the wonders of the heavens back into millions of people s lives.. LINKS.. The largest website for information about light pollution and good outdoor lighting is www.. darksky.. org the website of the International Dark-sky Association (IDA).. IDA is now more than 20 years old and has well over 10,000 members from around the world.. We recommend that all would-be DSDS founders and organizers visit the IDA website and consider joining IDA and/or other organizations that support this cause.. Here are more links to utilize for more information about light pollution and IYA 2009.. The International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA2009).. The Astronomical League.. Association of Science-Technology Centers.. PARTNERING WITH A CITY INSTITUTION.. In order to get more people out of the city to visit a DSDS, it will be very valuable for each DSDS to try partnering with a science center, museum or another institution located in more highly populated places.. We encourage the city location to do at least two things: 1) publicize their nearest DSDSs and DSDS events in their own shows, lectures, and displays: 2) actually allow local DSDS organizers to give one or more presentations at their institution.. The DSDS presentation at the city location would be fundamentally different from one that was a DSDS Event.. At the DSDS we will work under the darkest skies available.. Links to other projects.. International Year of Astronomy 2009 and Beyond.. Globe at Night.. Sidewalk Astronomy.. 100 Hours of Astronomy.. International Dark Skies Week.. Astronomy Week.. Astronomy Day.. Closing up Moonworks.. ASV..

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  • Title: Dark Skies Awareness: Earth and Sky Photo Contest
    Descriptive info: Winner Announcement of the International Earth and Sky Photo Contest.. Selected from submissions by photographers in over 30 countries, the winners of the Earth and Sky Photo Contest display the beauties of night sky and its battle with light pollution.. International Earth and Sky Photo Contest.. on Dark Skies Importance are announced by.. Submissions were received during the second half of International year of Astronomy 2009.. Submitted photographs were all taken during the year of astronomy and were all created in the TWAN style showing both the Earth and the sky by combining elements of the night sky set against the Earth horizon with backdrop of a notable location or landmark.. This style of photography is called landscape astrophotography.. The contest.. About 200 entries received from over 30 countries including Algeria, Armenia, Bangladesh, Canada, Chile, Columbia, Croatia, France, Greece, Iceland, Indonesia, India, Iran, Italy, Macedonia, Nepal, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, UK, and USA.. Nearly 30% of the entries were from United States.. Other major contributors were Romania, Iran, and Poland.. According to the contest theme of Dark Skies Importance , the submitted photos were judged in two categories: Beauty of Night Sky and Against the Lights.. The selected images are best in impressing people on both how important and amazing the starry sky is and how it affects our lives, and also how bad the problem of.. light pollution.. has become.. Today most city skies have become virtually empty of stars.. Light pollution obscures the stars, interferes with astronomical observatories, and, like any other form of pollution, disrupts ecosystems and has adverse health effects.. The contest organizers wish to gratefully acknowledge the assistant of.. Oceanside Photo and Telescope (OPT).. in supporting the contest with variety of prizes.. Other contributing sponsors include.. Celestron.. Meade.. Explore Scientific.. Stellarvue.. Astrodon.. Starlight Instruments.. The contest was also supported by.. Sky Telescope.. , a world s leading astronomy magazine, with several gift subscriptions for the winners, and the.. University of Hawaii.. with technical support and server hosting for the contest submissions.. Connection with.. : the winner announcement of the Earth and Sky Photo Contest in the beginning of April is related to the opening of world-wide activities coordinated by.. ; for the.. ; a new annual program for world-wide astronomy community to share the beauties of night sky with people.. Contest Judging.. The first selection and voting was made by TWAN world-wide.. photographers.. The most voted photos were then considered by the contest judge team for 5 winners in each category of the contest.. including:.. David Malin.. (the most distinguished night sky photographer in the world, TWAN member and consultant).. Mike Simmons.. (President of Astronomers Without Borders and TWAN co-founder, contributing editor at Sky Telescope magazine).. (Director of Dark Sky Awareness project and Globe at Night program, senior science education specialist at the National Optical Astronomy Observatory).. (Photographer and astronomer at the University of Hawaii, the chair of International Astronomical Union Commission on Controlling Light Pollution).. Babak Tafreshi.. (Founder and director of TWAN, award winning night sky photographer, and board member of Astronomers Without Borders).. Contest Winners.. The first winner of the contest and the highest voted by TWAN team is Temple Night by.. Chris Kotsiopoulos.. from Greece, presenting a panoramic view from the Poseidon temple in Cape Sounion of Greece with a starry sky in one direction and immense light pollution of Athens toward the other horizon.. Placed in the contest category of Against the Lights,  ...   the nearby city dominate the southern view of the observatory.. As noted by Babak Tafreshi There are many leading observatories of the past decades which are now severely affected by lights from enlarging cities.. 4- Lights of Los Angeles by.. Ali Douraghy.. who receives $200 gift certificate from OPT and one year subscription to Sky Telescope.. The panoramic photo shows the lights of this metropolitan as seen from the Griffith Observatory.. As noted by David Malin What a spectacular waste of energy! And what a spectacle, all the way to Santa Catalina Island.. 5- Lights vs.. Stars by.. Fredrik Broms.. who receives $130 gift certificate from OPT and one year subscription to Sky Telescope.. The image is taken near Kvaloya in Norway.. As noted TWAN member Anthony Ayiomamitis It s good and evil.. One photo that shows both dark skies and light polluted skies.. The other winners in the Beauty of Night Sky category are:.. 3- Stargazers by.. Valentin Grigore.. who receives an Astrodon 1.. 25.. H-alpha 5nm filter.. and one year subscription to Sky Telescope.. The photo is made during a public observing night above a hill overlooking Targoviste, a city in Romania.. Moon and Venus are coupled in the evening sky.. As noted by Mike Simmons It s a great composition of people and sky even though there aren t many stars.. 4- Pine Tree Startrails by.. Miguel Claro.. The photo is taken in a pine forest near the Atlantic coast of Portugal.. The total exposure time of about 90 minutes of 90 minutes caused the colorful startrails.. 5- Starry Night of Croatia by.. Vid Nikolic.. The wide-angle photo is taken by a digital DSLR camera in black and white mode and shows the starry sky above Sjeverni Velebit National Park in Croatia.. All the winning photos are also slated to appear on the.. TWAN Guest Gallery.. There are over 30 more photos which are positively voted by TWAN members and the judges.. These are shown in.. this photo report.. and will appear on the Guest Gallery in the near future.. The International Earth and Sky photo contest was the second competition held in collaboration with The World at Night.. first contest.. was regionally organized in South America and India.. TWAN plans to have new international and regional contests in the future.. Contact us.. Oceanside Photo and Telescope Message.. Statement by Craig Weatherwax on behalf of OPT Telescope, the main sponsor for the contest prizes:.. OPT Telescopes is proud to have been a sponsor for the International Earth and Sky Photo contest, focusing on dark skies importance.. We wish to congratulate the winners on their thoughtful and stunning images.. As president and CEO of OPT it is rewarding to see the application of astronomy equipment in such a beautiful way.. I am reminded of my first exposure to the wonders of the night sky and the Universe, of which we are such a small part.. We wish to thank the manufacturers whose generosity is responsible for the awards: Celestron, Meade, Stellarvue, Explore Scientific, Astrodon and Starlight Instruments.. Congratulations to TWAN and Dark Skies Awareness for not only the stellar job they did with the contest, but for the way in which they are bringing awareness to one sky, one world.. Thank you for letting OPT participate in this event.. We look forward to helping in the future.. See other notable photos.. in the contest selected by TWAN members and the judges.. Click to enlarge the photo..

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  • Title: Dark Skies Awareness: Earth Hour
    Descriptive info: EARTH HOUR – A Global Event on Climate Change.. World Wildlife Fund.. A Bold Statement for the Earth.. On March 27, 2010 at 8:30 pm, millions of people around the world will come together once again to make a bold statement about their concern about climate change by doing something quite simple—turning off their lights for one hour.. Earth Hour symbolizes that by working together, each of us can make a positive impact in the fight against climate change.. In the US, it sends a message that Americans care about this issue and stand with the rest of  ...   three years ago in Sydney, Australia, when 2.. 2 million people and thousands of businesses turned out their lights, allowing the message about climate change to shine brightly.. In March 2009, Earth Hour went global.. More than 4100 cities in 87 countries and over 1 billion people around the world turned off their lights for one hour to demonstrate their commitment to slowing the effects of climate change.. Last year, 80 million Americans and 318 U.. cities officially voted for action with their light switch, joining iconic landmarks from around the world that went dark for Earth Hour..

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  • Title: Dark Skies Awareness: Light Meter Network
    Descriptive info: The Lightmeter-Network.. Recently developed light meters continuously measure the night sky brightness at many locations around the globe to monitor changes and provide an unbiased reference for the unaided eye measurements within constellations.. To get a Lightmeter download the.. Lightmeter request forms.. , fill in the data and mail it to.. l ht t r a o 2.. For more information, visit.. http://lightmeter..

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  • Title: Dark Skies Awareness: The Great Light Switch Out
    Descriptive info: Humans are diurnal creatures; we like the light.. Because of this desire for light, we spend millions every year to illuminate our front porches, back yards, and night sky.. One of the easiest ways to reduce unwanted glare and light trespass is to use fully shielded fixtures.. When you use a fully shielded fixture you not only reduce these side effects of light pollution, but you can also reduce the wattage of the lamp in the fixture.. The Great Light Switch Out program encourages homeowners to remove and replace their residential light fixtures to ones that are energy efficient and dark sky friendly.. By providing a Homeowner s Guide to Outdoor  ...   placing a can over a bare bulb (photo on right) shows the importance that shielding has.. Not only is the ground more illuminated, but glare is reduced, and the wattage was reduced by 33%.. Credit: Southern Arizona IDA Section.. As part of the Homeowner s Guide to Outdoor Lighting, the International Dark-Sky Association has prepared a document that can be found at.. http://docs.. org/PG/PG3-residential-lighting.. pdf.. For further information, visit.. , select Quality Lighting and then select Homeowners Guide.. Check out the.. 365 Days of Astronomy Podcast on October 24, 2009.. to help to prepare you for daylight savings time, when more people begin using their outdoor lights for longer periods of time..

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