Two students from Kenmare brought home two prizes from the BT Young Scientist competition for a light pollution project this weekend. Prof. Brian Espey of the School of Physics provided advice and encouragement for the project which encompassed both measurements in the centre of every major Munster town as well as a model of the light emission based on population estimates.The students, who both have an interest in astronomy and the night sky developed a model which was later turned into an app to predict sky quality for amateur astronomers. Both students plan on attending third level, with Conor interested in Physics and Astrophysics, while Hannah’s interests lie in Earth Sciences.
Well done to Hannah and Conor, and their science teacher, Sarah Abbott!
School of Physics Professor Brian Espey with Conor Casey and Hannah Coombs of Pobalscoil Inbhear Scéine in Kenmare in front of their award-winning Light Pollution project poster at the BT Young Science & Technology Exhibition.
Brian Espey will be on Newstalk Science tonight at 6.30pm talking about Light Pollution. You can listen online at http://www.newstalk.com
A lighting Workshop will be held in BallyCroy National Park Center on Saturday March 25th
Guest Speaker – Declan Holmes
A workshop on responsible lighting in a dark sky zone
Community Actions – Progress since our Dark Sky Ambassador Course
See the facebook even page for more details https://www.facebook.com/events/256355021441171
Light pollution campaign to be launched in Cork. A light pollution campaign will be launched at Cork Astronomy Club’s monthly meeting next Monday (13th March). Albert White, Chairperson of Irish Light Pollution Campaign, will talk on campaigning for dark skies. The venue is 8pm, in UCC’s Civil Engineering Building (near UCC’s College Road entrance). Bus routes 205 (College Road) and 208 (Western Road). All are welcome, free admission. Please arrive at least 10 minutes early. More info on https://www.facebook.com/CorkAstronomyClub
Prof. Andrew Coogan is a behavioural neuroscientist who specialises in the field of circadian rhythms, chronobiology and sleep. He is the director of the Chronobiology and Sleep Research Laboratory at Maynooth University. His particular research interest is in how the fields of circadian clocks, immunology and psychiatry may overlap.
To help with his research and to get a better picture of how light affects Irish people we’d really appreciate if you could take part in a sleep questionnaire that he has prepared at www.darksky.ie/sleep.
Created in 2003 by high-school student Jennifer Barlow, International Dark Sky Week has grown to 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 Saturday, April 22 Earth Day!), and run through Friday, April 28 (click here for resources to use during the week).
There will be events held in Mayo Dark Sky Park, more details as we have them! More details at http://darksky.org/dark-sky-week-2017/
The rapid advancement of LED technology is unparalleled in the lighting industry, which has caused cities and utilities to reevaluate the specifications used for their street and area lighting applications. Early generation LEDs were typically 5000K or higher, which at the time was the upper end of the technology’s capacity for products that remained both economically viable and energy efficient. Continue reading
Around the world streetlights are being retrofitted and replaced with LED lighting. The promise of lower energy consumption, no light spilling upwards, the ability to dim or cut off the lights seem good on all counts. However many installations are using lights that are to bright and “too blue” with a colour temperature of 4000K and above, despite the downsides to visibility and health from such lights.
Here’s a quick roundup of some recent international news from communities who are pushing for lower temperature and less intrusive LED street-lighting:
The UK National Parks Dark Skies Festival (18-26 February) is an ideal opportunity to try stargazing in some of the UK’s wildest areas.
Carrick-a-Rede and Oxford Island national nature reserve is the only Northern Ireland park to make the list.
The full list is at: https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2017/feb/15/best-places-to-stargaze-in-uk-dark-skies-festival-2017-national-parks