Dark Sky initiative launched in Lough Gur, Co. Limerick

11138176_1575665702708617_2226805866582110837_nFollowing a public talk on light pollution in Lough Gur Heritage Center on Saturday night the Lough Gur Dark Skies Park Initative was launched. Work has already begun on the lengthy process of obtaining official Dark Sky status from the International Dark Sky Association. Despite being only 20km from the centre of Limerick City, we recorded a SQM-L reading of 21.1 during a gap in the clouds. To stay in touch with the initative visit the facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/shannonsidedarkskies Continue reading

Dark Sky Week

darkskyweekCreated in 2003 by high-school student Jennifer Barlow, Dark Sky Week has become a worldwide event and a key component of Global Astronomy Month. Each year it is held in April around Earth Day and Astronomy Day. This year celebrations begin Monday, April 13, and run through Sunday, April 19. Continue reading

IAS Light Pollution Talk

bre_esa_wwwFrom the Irish Astronomical Society:
The IAS February meeting will take place on Monday 23rd February at 8PM in Ely House, Dublin 2.
The speaker will be Dr Brian Espey from Trinity College Dublin.
The topic is Light Pollution.
This is a free event and all are welcome.

Globe at Night 2014

GLOBE_at_night_logo_200The 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.

Globe at Night 2013

GLOBE_at_night_logo_200The 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.

LED streetlamp aims to improve public’s view of stars

_67244300_lampsThe BBC reports that “Researchers believe they have come up with a new type of LED-powered streetlamp that could radically reduce 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

Loosing the Dark public awareness video

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.