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Cosmic Light 2015 Video Trailer – To celebrate the cosmic light coming down to earth | IAU August 11, 2014

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Cosmic Light 2015 Video Trailer – To celebrate the cosmic light coming down to earth | IAU.

IYA was awesome, and many great things came out of it. I don’t know yet if great things will come from IYL, but the trailer sure is cool.

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The City Dark | POV | PBS July 9, 2012

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The City Dark | POV | PBS.

This was a very nice movie about the effects of light pollution, on astronomers, sea turtles, birds, the environment, the economy, and on human health.  You can watch the movie, and explore more, take a quiz to see how much you know about about light pollution, and even sign up for a chance to win a copy of the dvd.

 

The Night After Christmas Sky Show – NASA Science December 23, 2011

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The Night After Christmas Sky Show – NASA Science.

If the kids get you up too early on Christmas morn, you can try taking a look for Comet Lovejoy. It’s headed south though, so if you’re as far north as I am, it’ll be a tough catch. Maybe I’ll get a glimpse of the tail…

If you happen to be in the southern hemisphere however, you can’t miss the comet. Really. You need to set an alarm for an hour before sunrise and get out there. It’s spectacular. Check out the pictures on http://spaceweather.com/.

Slightly easier is Mercury, 10 degrees up and almost due southeast at 7:30 AM on Sunday here in Michigan.Southern observers should look for it to the east of comet Lovejoy.

Everyone gets a treat Christmas night. Jupiter, Venus and a young moon will gather in the western sky after sunset. Take that new pair of binoculars out and have a look, because you’ll be able to see those three object no matter how bad the light pollution is. They’re an easy target for beginners too, and the Earth-shine gives a nice bit of detail to the Moon without being blinding.

 

GLOBE at Night, round 2 March 23, 2011

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I’ve been a tad busy lately, so I didn’t get this out there as early as I should.

The second round of Globe at Night observations started last night.  This is your chance to be an active contributer to science.  All you have to do is go out, look up, and report what you see.  In the northern hemisphere, look for the constellation Leo. In the south, look for Crux.

Everything you need except a clear sky is on the GaN homepage

GLOBE at Night – Home page.

So get out there and look up!