Can YOU See the Milky Way? Globe At Night Project Lets YOu Check Light Pollution Where You live Somervell County Salon-Glen Rose, Rainbow, Nemo, Glass....Texas


 

Can YOU See the Milky Way? Globe At Night Project Lets YOu Check Light Pollution Where You live
 


21 March 2009 at 4:25:54 PM
salon

Really interesting. We can see the Milky Way very clearly from Somervell County, at least out in the rural area, but I seem to recall the stars being particularly brilliant out in Colorado. Article from National Geographic has a link to a chart where you can compare how many stars you can count around Orion and see how much light pollution there is where you live. What's astonishing is that the National Geographic article says that fully 60 percent of Americans can't see the Milky Way!

The two-week online campaign, which runs from March 16 to March 28, calls on the public in 110 partner countries to go outside at night and count the stars visible in and around the bright constellation Orion.

Participants then match what they can see to online charts of stellar brightness. (See the charts.)

Astronomers hope to use this data to determine how much of the night sky has been lost to light pollution—and where changes need to be made.


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