Are you a fan of Citizen Science? Do you enjoy participating in projects that help researchers and possibly the environment? GLOBE at Night is one such program! By taking naked-eye observations of the night sky in your area, you can help a world-wide effort to track the effects of light pollution. via universetoday by Ray Sanders
Here’s all the info you need in order to participate in GLOBE at Night during 2012.
For starters, what is GLOBE at Night?
The GLOBE at Night program is an international citizen-science campaign designed to raise public awareness of the impact of light pollution on our night skies. GLOBE at Night aims to raise awareness by inviting citizen-scientists to measure their night sky brightness and submit their observations to a website from a computer or smart phone.
Light pollution not only threatens our “right to starlight”, but also affects energy consumption, wildlife and health. For the past six years, the GLOBE at Night campaign has been involving people in 115 countries.
Participating in GLOBE at Night requires only five easy steps:
1) Find your latitude and longitude.
3) Match your nighttime sky to one of the provided magnitude charts.
5) Compare your observation to thousands around the world.
You can also use the new web application data submission process. The GLOBE at Night website is easy to use, comprehensive and holds an abundance of background information. The database is usable for comparisons with a variety of other databases, like how light pollution affects the foraging habits of bats.