"Protecting Our Dark Skies" Workshop at the AAS Conference
Registration Deadline: November 17, 2011
WHAT: "Protecting Our Dark Skies" Workshop at the AAS Conference
WHEN: Sunday, 8 January 2012 from 9:00am-4:00pm (with a lunch break)
WHERE: Room 12B at the Austin Convention Center, Austin, TX
WEBSITE for REGISTRATION: http://aas.org/files/219th_Workshop_Form.pdf
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: November 17, 2011
Discover how to preserve dark skies while conserving energy through standards-based, immersive learning experiences illustrating responsible lighting, effects on wildlife, night-sky brightness measurements and more. The National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO) has created successful outreach programs on dark skies awareness to educate college and K-12 students through doing activities in classroom and evening sessions, holding star parties, providing downloadable resource materials on-line, and participating in international citizen science campaigns and photo contests. Many of the activities in the Dark Skies Rangers program (www.darkskiesawareness.org/DarkSkiesRangers/) address how light pollution affects issues on energy conservation, wildlife and health, in addition to preserving a dark night sky. In addition, the successful citizen-science campaign, GLOBE at Night (www.globeatnight.org) offers the opportunity to use of technology to take measurements of the night sky brightness and to follow up with research in areas affected by light pollution. The workshop will be facilitated by Dr. Connie Walker, other Education and Public Outreach staff at NOAO, International Dark-Sky Association staff and others dark skies awareness experts. We will present activities used, approaches taken, and lessons learned inworking with various audiences. Dark Skies Education Kits will be available.