On Monday 27th of January a packed Ring of Kerry hotel in Caherciveen in Kerry saw the Kerry Dark Sky Reserve receive it’s official Gold Standard status from the International Dark Sky Association. This is the first Gold Tier reserve in the Northern Hemisphere. Continue reading
The 2014 Globe at Night Campaign has kicked off! You can find all details on www.globeatnight.org. All you need to do is go outside, find the constellation of Orion and see which of the sample star charts has roughly the same number of stars as you can see. Whether you live in a dark sky area or in an urban light polluted area completing this survey helps us understand the real amount of light pollution globally.
Kerry Dark Skies have a facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/kerrydarkskies
Plans are well underway to create a Dark Sky reserve in South Kerry and you can follow their facebook page to get all the latest up to date information on this exceptionally dark part of the country.
The 2013 Globe at night event takes place this year from April 29th to May 8th. We’d encourage you to take part – their website has all the details! All you need to do is compare the sky that you see at your location with the charts on the website to get an estimate of your light pollution. Your reading will then be used to provide a global map of light pollution.
Potentially this work will allow streetlights to be accurately directed onto the area the light is required and have zero light spilling outside that area. The key will be convincing local government that it’s worthwhile investing in these technologies to save money in the longer term.
The full article is at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-22292129
Losing the Dark is a “public service announcement” planetarium show, a collaboration of Loch Ness Productions and the International Dark-Sky Association. It introduces and illustrates some of the issues regarding light pollution, and suggests three simple actions people can take to help mitigate it. The show gives planetarium professionals a tool to help educate the public about the problems of light pollution. Planetarians are uniquely positioned to teach audiences ways we can all work together to implement responsible use of lighting.
ASTRONOMY IS A FOUNDATION of science. The desire to understand the skies was common to every ancient civilisation, from Mesopotamia to our own, as seen at the magnificent Newgrange.
The development of street lamps based on solid-state lighting technology is likely to introduce a major change in the colour of urban skyglow (one form of light pollution). We demonstrate the need for long-term monitoring of this trend by reviewing the influences it is likely to have on disparate fields. We describe a prototype detector which is able to monitor these changes, and could be produced at a cost low enough to allow extremely widespread use. Continue reading
Is darkness becoming extinct? When filmmaker Ian Cheney moves from rural Maine to New York City and discovers streets awash in light and skies devoid of stars, he embarks on a journey to America’s brightest and darkest corners, asking astronomers, cancer researchers and ecologists what is lost in the glare of city lights. Blending a humorous, searching narrative with poetic footage of the night sky, The City Dark provides a fascinating introduction to the science of the dark and an exploration of our relationship to the stars.