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Create Your Own Academy Maps

by evan on Mar. 21st, 2011 1 Comment

Science teacher Michael Wing, of Sir Francis Drake High School in San Anselmo, CA, had his 9th and 10th grade students create their own interpretive maps during and after their visit to the Academy.

Download a PDF file of Michael Wing’s mapping assignment here.


Above map of CAS by Johanna Olesen of Sir Francis Drake High School.

GLOBE at Night: Less of our light for more star light

by evan on Mar. 11th, 2011 No Comments

NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio

NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio

What: The Globe at Night Campaign

When: 8pm to 10pm local time,
March 22 – April 4

Where: Everywhere

Who: Everyone

How: Read on!

GLOBE at Night encourages citizen-scientists worldwide to record the brightness of the night sky. During 2 winter/spring weeks of moonless evenings, children and adults match the appearance of a constellation (Orion in February/March and Leo and Crux in March/April) with 7 star charts of progressively fainter stars found at www.globeatnight.org. They then submit their choice of star chart on-line with their date, time and location to help create a light pollution map worldwide.

The GLOBE at Night 2011 campaign dates are February 21 – March 6 (worldwide) and March 22 – April 4 (for the Northern Hemisphere) and March 24 – April 6 (for the Southern Hemisphere). 52,000 measurements have been contributed from more than 100 countries over the last 5 years of two-week campaigns, thanks to everyone who participated!

This year children and adults can submit their measurements in real time if they have a smart phone or tablet. To do this, you can use the web application at www.globeatnight.org/webapp/. With smart phones and tablets, the location, date and time are put in automatically. And if you do not have a smart phone or tablet, there are user-friendly tools on the GLOBE at Night report page to find latitude and longitude.

Through GLOBE at Night, students, teachers, parents and community members are amassing a data set from which they can explore the nature of light pollution locally and across the globe. Please make a difference and join our efforts in 2011. For activity packets, one-page flyers and postcards advertising the campaign, visit www.globeatnight.org/pdf/.