Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Brief introduction to the Loss of the Night app project

The Loss of the Night app allows citizen scientists to estimate how many stars they can see, and by extension how bright the night sky is. The goal of the project is to track changes in artificial sky brightness in urban areas over the long term (ideally many decades). The app is available for Android and iOS devices. Detailed instructions for using the app are available (Android, iOS).

The day after you've made an observation, you view the details of your observation at the My Sky at Night website. You can also use My Sky at Night to track how skyglow is changing at your location over time.

This blog posts news about the app, and is intended to allow the app users to provide feedback on how we can improve the app in the future. For example, check out this example of one participant's observations. I also do post occasionally about other topics related to artificial light at night, for example this ongoing photo series of examples of good and bad lighting, and views of the night sky.

The Loss of the Night app project is operated in co-operation with the Globe at Night project.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Top 5 posts of 2014

Here's a look back at the five most read posts from 2014:

5) New version of the Loss of the Night app - our official announcement of the release of the iOS version and the upgraded android version.

4) Lunar eclipse viewed from space - what North America looked like to a nighttime observing satellite on October 8.

3) Astrophysicist denied entry into the USA - the crazy, unfortunate story of a friend of mine. Luckily, she was eventually allowed in.

2) How to find pictures of cities at night - lots has changed since I wrote this post, I need to update it, especially to include a link to this amazing site.

1) The promise and peril of LED lighting - a post I wrote on the day the nobel prize was awarded for blue LEDs.

Thanks to everyone for reading!