Monday, February 21, 2011

6th Globe at Night Campaign (Feb. 21 - March 6, 2011)

The evening sky around 10:00 pm daylight saving time in February in Australia.

It's now 6 years since the Globe at Night started surveying light pollution around the world. This year the survey is from 21 February to 6 March (starting tonight). Everyone can be involved, hopefully students and teachers too. Basically, an hour after sunset head out, look to the west to find Orion, then check how many stars are visible, and report your observations. It's a great excuse to get outdoors and look at the sky. You might even see the International Space Station or an Iridium flare or NanoSail-D.

This year you can submit your results a smart phone or tablet. To do this, you can use the web application at www.globeatnight.org/webapp/. Globe at Night is also on Facebook and Twitter.

There is a pod-cast on light pollution from 365 days of astronomy and a powerpoint presentation that explains about light pollution and how to do the sky survey, and special activities for kids. So go on, get out and have a go!

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