The GAM 2012 Dark Skies Awareness Blog (GAM DSA Blog) brings you thoughts and programs on increasing awareness of the need for preserving our dark skies and improving conditions in light polluted areas.
Go to the GAM 2012 Dark Skies Awareness Blog.
Mission: Kids collaborating together on a global level to raise awareness about starlight preservation for future generations.
What if you have only a few minutes to learn about the impact of dark skies on our lives?
Ten minute audio podcasts on dark skies awareness are available at 365DaysofAstronomy.org. They’re a fun way of learning about serious light pollution issues that affect energy use, our health and wildlife.
2012:International Dark Sky WeekDark Skies in HarmonyGlobal Astronomy Month and the Quest for the Dark (k)NightGLOBE at Night Kickoff: Seeing the LightDark Skies Crusader Challenges Cities during February’s GLOBE at Night CampaignDark Skies Crusader, This is Your Light! The 3rd 2012 GLOBE at Night Campaign
World Night in Defence of the Starlight happens on April 20 every year to remind us of the need to preserve our right to view a dark night sky full of stars and to take steps to prevent its disappearance. The World Night in Defence of the Starlight is promoted annually as part of our cultural, scientific and environmental heritage. Activities can include switching off lights at night to recover the stars and save energy. You can organize artistic competitions, exhibitions, media campaigns, or conferences on the beauty of the night sky. Create artistic materials like videos, music, books, stories, photographs or paintings on the beauty of the night sky. Identify and possibly protect dark skies oases. Visit an astronomical observatory. Or organize a star party. More information will be posted soon. In the meantime please visit the World Night website.
International Dark-Sky Week 14 - 20 April
The week of 14 - 20 April celebrates International Dark Sky Week (IDSW). It’s a great time to host a neighborhood star party and introduce the idea of preserving a dark night sky to your community. A poster child example is the community of Harmony, Florida with their Dark Sky Festival on April 14. The main goal of IDSW is to raise awareness of the value of maintaining dark skies. Another goal of IDSW is to encourage efficient use of outdoor lighting. That is, lighting that lights where you need it, when you need it, and for amount of time it's needed. So if you participate, and you encourage your friends, relatives, and neighbors to participate, that could make a difference in the quality of the night sky and inspire those around us to preserve its beauty.
Globe at Night 11 - 20 AprilThe GLOBE at Night program is an international citizen-science campaign to raise public awareness of the impact of light pollution 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 threatens not only our “right to starlight”, but can affect energy consumption, wildlife and health. The GLOBE at Night campaign has run for two weeks each winter/spring for the last six years. People in 115 countries have contributed 66,000 measurements, making GLOBE at Night one of the most successful light pollution awareness campaigns.