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Let There Be Night sim is now open in Second Life at the
Astronomy 2009 island.
Let There Be
Night world premiere to be Sunday, November 9, at PHM Planetarium in
There Be Night DVD
excerpts to screen at GLPA Annual Conference in Milwaukee on October 30,
National Geographic cover story for the November
2008 issue features headline: "The End of Night."
Be a citizen-scientist by observing the sky for the Great
World Wide Star Count on October 20-November 3, 2008.
Awareness featured in US 2009 International Year of Astronomy (IYA)
activities and events. See www.astronomy2009.us.
There Be Night to create planetarium program and school
district-wide experiment to assess a community's sky glow for IYA2009.
View the Total Lunar Eclipse at a
night-friendly retail development in Mishawaka, IN, on February 20, 2008.
Nations officially declares the 2009 International Year of Astronomy.
[December 20, 2007]
New For Kids! page features
projects, activities, demonstrations, and links for kids.
America encourages everyone to turn off outdoor lights for one hour
on Saturday, March 29, 2008, from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. to promote energy
A portable planetarium workshop at the Triple Conjunction
Conference in Wheeling, WV, on Wednesday, October 10, 2007, will
feature the 2009 International Year of Astronomy
(2009IYA). The workshop description for Year(s)
of Dark Skies anticipates planetarium modules, demos, resources, activities, and ideas that advocate the "Dark
The New Yorker magazine addresses lighting issues in
Dark Side, Making War on Light Pollution by David Owen in its August
20, 2007 issue.
Astronomy professor Tyler Nordgren journeys across America exploring
the connections between the National Parks and the wonders of the night.
Nordgren will visit twelve parks in twelve months. [Added
Sept. 9, 2007]
Coalition of international agencies announces Declaration
in Defence of the Night Sky and the Right to Starlight. [Added
Sept. 9, 2007]
New Video: Other People's Take on
Light Pollution page is a compilation that hints at how some people are
addressing lighting issues online. [August 6, 2007]
International Year of Astronomy features six
themes in the U.S., including Dark Skies are a Universal Resource.
[August 6, 200
As Mishawaka, IN, prepares its Comprehensive Plan, the
community has a chance to advocate better lighting through two topic sheets
on lighting issues. [April, 2007]
Sorry Starry Night student
experiment measured sky glow above a neighborhood adjacent to large retail
development. Data suggests an appreciable increase in sky glow
March to December, 2006, with a portion of it attributable to the new
shopping center's outdoor lights.
Globe at Night
will again coordinate observations of the constellation Orion and the
brightness of its stars. The hunt for stars will be March 8-21,
2007. All you have to do is find the constellation and count how many
stars you see, then submit your star count to the global data. That
will give an indication of how dark the sky is--or isn't--as seen from your
location and from around the world. See http://www.globe.gov/GaN/
for details on this easy activity.
The Space Science Center for Education and Outreach at
DePaul University has awarded a 2006 PLATO grant to implement the Night
Vision program in St. Joseph County, Indiana. Students will
quantify the sky glow with Sky Quality Meters and map the values on a county
map. They will then report their findings to the community.
Details are at nightvision.htm.
Chuck Bueter presented Under the Spotlight: Brendon
Hills Park at the Brendon Hills Park Homeowners Association annual meeting on
Tuesday, May 9, 2006. Key persons involved in the Gumwood
Rd. retail developments participated in the discussions featuring local
Night is a worldwide campaign to observe and record the magnitude of
visible stars as a means of measuring light pollution in a given location.
Join this project of coordinated observations March 22-29, 2006. Website
has an effective simulator to show the limiting magnitudes of stars in the
Long-term study suggests that bright light at night is a
risk factor for breast cancer (http://www.sciencenews.org/articles/20060107/bob9.asp).
Apparently light suppresses the nighttime production of melatonin, a hormone
that has slowed breast cancer growth in lab experiments.
Quality Meter (SQM) allows individuals to quantify sky brightness at
their favorite night sites.
exhibit was at the Northern Indiana Center for History from Sept. 3 to
November 13, 2005. It is available for rent by other
GLPA, We Have a Problem, a light pollution
workshop, was featured at the Great Lakes Planetarium Association (GLPA) Annual
Conference on October 21, 2005, in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
St. Joseph County, IN, adopts new lighting
ordinance (May 10, 2005)
Residents ask property developers to minimize
impact of new developments by implementing intelligent outdoor lighting
designs. (November, 2004)
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