Dark Sky Meter
|Goal||Help scientists measure, understand effects of light pollution.|
|Task||Use the camera of your iphone to measure "skyglow" in real time.|
|Where||Global, anywhere on the planet|
The Dark Sky Meter (available for iPhones) allows citizen scientists to contribute to a global map of nighttime light pollution.
The app also charts weather conditions and cloud cover so you can take readings at optimal times. The app is as easy to use as taking a picture, and is a fun way to learn about your night sky.
The Results are live and visible for everyone on a global light pollution map generated by the app users. Visit darkskymeter.com to see the map. Since this project has no funding or grants the app costs $1 to cover the hosting costs (which is a steal compared to commercially available light pollution meters).
|How to Join||
Visit the site http://www.darkskymeter.com and download the app.
|Materials List||iOS app Dark Sky Meter|
|Ideal Age Group||Elementary school (6 - 10 years), Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families, Seniors|
|Ideal Frequency||Just once|
|Average Time||Less than an hour|
|Spend the Time||outdoors|
|Type of Activity||At the beach, On a walk, run, On a hike, At a science center, zoo or aquarium, At home|
|Tags||bats, constellation, light, night, pollution, sky, sky quality, sqm, star|
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salbury 12/15/2016i-devices only so it severely limits my ability to do it with my students, the majority of whom have android devices.
pamela 12/15/2016This app also tells you what constellations can be seen (as in the brighter ones are visible or not) in the night time sky.
carolyn.santangelo 12/15/2016must be done at night or as homework
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