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HR: 1525h
AN: ED43D-04
TI: Worldwide Impact: International Year of Astronomy Dark Skies Awareness Programs
AU: Walker, C E
EM: cwalker@noao.edu
AF: Education & Public Outreach, National Optical Astronomy Observatory, Tucson, AZ, United States
AU: Pompea, S M
EM: spompea@noao.edu
AF: Education & Public Outreach, National Optical Astronomy Observatory, Tucson, AZ, United States
AU: Isbell, D
EM: dougisbell@astronomy2009.us
AF: Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, Berkeley, CA, United States
AB: The arc of the Milky Way seen from a truly dark location is part of our planet's natural heritage. More than one fifth of the world population, two thirds of the United States population and one half of the European Union population have already lost naked eye visibility of the Milky Way. This loss, caused by light pollution, is a serious and growing issue that impacts astronomical research, the economy, ecology, energy conservation, human health, public safety and our shared ability to see the night sky. For this reason, “Dark Skies Awareness” is a global cornerstone project of the International Year of Astronomy. Its goal is to raise public awareness of the impact of artificial lighting on local environments by getting people worldwide involved in a variety of programs through: - New Technology (website, podcasts, social networking, Second Life) - Educational Materials (Great Switch Out, a traveling exhibit, brochures, posters, CDs, DVDs, educational kit) - The Arts (photo contest) - Events (Earth Hour, International Dark Sky Week, World Night in Defense of Starlight, Dark Skies Discovery Sites, Sidewalk Astronomy, Nights in the Parks) - Citizen Science Programs (5 star hunting programs & Quiet Skies) Dark Skies Communities (Starlight Initiative, International Dark Sky Communities) Many countries around the world have participated in these programs. We will highlight 24 countries in particular and focus on successful techniques used in aspects of the programs, results and impact on the audience, and plans and challenges for maintaining or extending the program beyond the International Year of Astronomy. The International Year of Astronomy 2009 is partially funded from a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Astronomy Division. The National Optical Astronomy Observatory is host to the IYA2009 Dark Skies Awareness programs and is operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc. under cooperative agreement with NSF.
DE: [0345] ATMOSPHERIC COMPOSITION AND STRUCTURE / Pollution: urban and regional
SC: Education and Human Resources (ED)
MN: 2009 Fall Meeting