Light Pollution Projects (2005)
During 2005, TUSD middle and high school students participated in a videoconference with students, teachers, and astronomers from La Serena, Chile on Astronomy Day, Saturday, April 16, 2005. Students and teachers in both countries conducted light pollution studies by observing the constellation Orion during the first week of March and April.
Download the Orion Light Pollution Activity [pdf]
They shared their findings through powerpoint presentations, maps, posters and reports.
View the poster.
Click on a section of the map to download and view a larger version.
Download the PowerPoint presentation Determinación de la Contaminación Lumínica en Tucsón, given by students from Tucson High and Vail Middle School.
Download the PowerPoint presentation Light Pollution, given by students from Gridley Middle School.
Download the PowerPoint presentation Determinación de la Contaminación Lumínica de los cielos de la Serena y Coquimbo [pdf], given by the Chilean students
Download the PowerPoint presentation Determinación de la Contaminación Lumínica de los cielos de la Serena y Coquimbo [pdf], given by the Chilean teachers.
This study was sponsored by the National Optical Astronomy Observatory and the National Science Foundation and included NOAO-North staff, Dr. Connie Walker, Doug Isbell, Dr. Ron Probst and Dr. Steve Pompea, as well as a multitude of staff from NOAO-South, the University of La Serena and the RedLaser group.
Tucson High and Vail Middle School students make their presentations
TUSD teachers who worked with their students on this project were: Aida Castillo-Flores and Glenn Furnier of Tucson High School, Patricia Wheeler of Gridley Middle School, Stephen Patrick and Lina Valdez-Pea of Vail Middle School,and Joan Manson of Booth Fickett. Approximately 250 students from the TUSD district participated in the project. Students who presented their findings on Saturday were: Tucson High: Marcela Pino, Flor Morales, Karen Bejarano, and Jose Pino; Gridley Middle School: Michael Marascio, Ryan Day, Andrea Keene, and Ashley Sherry; Vail Middle School: Yvette Cruz, Adriana Lovio, Humberto Cardenas, and Cesar Rascon. Carter Smith of Doolen, a 2005 SARSEF winner for his sky pollution study, also attended.
- The Nature of Light
- Light Pollution Projects
- Lunar Eclipse Projects
- More Light Pollution Projects
- Family ASTRO in South America
- Remote Sensing of the Earth
- Remote Sensing of Mars
Contact the staff of ASTRO-Chile:Connie Walker, Tucson Site Director
Kathie Coil, EPO Program Coordinator