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The citizen-science star-hunt, GLOBE at Night is happening now!

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  • Mansel A Nelson
    Mansel A Nelson Program Coordinator Tribal Environmental Education Outreach 928-523-1275 Mansel.Nelson@nau.edu ... Mansel A Nelson Program Coordinator Tribal
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      Mansel A Nelson
      Program Coordinator
      Tribal Environmental Education Outreach
      928-523-1275

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      From: Constance Walker <cwalker@...>
      Date: February 28, 2011 1:55:37 AM MST
      To: Connie Walker <cwalker@...>
      Subject: [E-TEACHERS] The citizen-science star-hunt, GLOBE at Night is happening now!

      The worldwide, citizen-science, star-hunt campaign "GLOBE at Night" is happening now! Please help us exceed last year's record of 17,800 observations.... Please post, promote and/or participate in the campaign:

      1) Shorter Ad: 

      Less of Our Light for More Star Light

      Join the 6th annual 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 annual 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, citizen science 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
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