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Globe at Night 2011 January 21, 2011

Posted by aquillam in Astronomy, MichiganAstro.
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Do some science and learn more about the night sky and the environment!

The Globe at Night campaign dates have been announced, and there are actually 2 sets of dates. February 21 – March 6, 2011 is the normal, global campaign. Then there is a second round, March 22 – April 4 for observers in the northern hemisphere and March 24 – April 6 for observers in the southern hemisphere.

All you have to do is go out during those nights and find Orion for the first set of dates (Feb – March)  or Leo (March – April), match what you see to the magnitude charts on the site, then submit your observation.

You can report the observations at http://www.globeatnight.org/report.html, or if you have a smartphone, go to http://www.globeatnight.org/test/styled/handheld.html, confirm your location and the date and time, then select the magnitude and cloudiness, and submit. It takes about 30 seconds!

Not sure you can find Orion or Leo? Worried you might get the magnitude estimate wrong? The folks at Globe at Night have you covered! They have maps and interactive sky charts the will show you what the stars should look like from your location, and an interactive game to practice estimating magnitudes. There’s also information about Orion and light pollution, and of course all the old data, ready for import into Google Earth.



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