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    Default Eyes on the Sky: April 23 thru April 29



    The Moon bisects some open clusters in Taurus near Venus this week, and Cor Caroli is a neat double star that can help you find a Messier object nearby - even from light polluted areas. Hopefully the weather will cooperate so that everyone will have a chance to check these out. Of course, Mars and Saturn are nicely placed in the evening, so don't miss them either.

    Hope you enjoy this week's episode - wishing you clear and dark skies.

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    I love your weekly video's. I love the hand measurements, so helpful. When I go out I forget most of what I read but boy I can remember the hand guides. Thank you for each week, I really appreciate them.
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    My pleasure! Glad to make them - the entire point is to help educate about light pollution though. So I hope people will consider sharing these on social networking sites to help spread the word about reducing that problem.
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    Thats serious cool about the old and new light from the Moon. I've never thought about, but gee thats something useful for out reach events. And yeah the hand thing - was using that last night to check something. I am sure the neighbours thought I was flipping them off lol
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    Very cool videos! I watch every week! I also like the amazing space:tonight videos.
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    Thanks MG1962 and cavelltodd - they are a lot of work, but hopefully I can change a few minds about light pollution by getting more people to look up when the realize they can find things pretty easily. My way of giving back to the astronomy community, and doing my part towards light pollution reduction.
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    I think the biggest problem is that people don't know what they are missing. A lot of people have been brought up in urban and suburban areas and they have never seen a dark sky before. If people realized what they were missing out on a lot more people would realize how important it is to minimize light pollution.

    There are a lot of individuals who are so concerned with preserving the natural areas of our planets (i.e. restore the prairies, save the rainforest, preserve the African Savanna, protect the arctic, clean up the rivers, etc.) Although all of these things are more vital to the survival of the human race than reducing light pollution preserving our dark skies is part of protecting our planet. This is probably the most important aspect in terms of preserving our planet's natural beauty and keeping future generations of humans curious about what lies beyond our planet. If we can't see that there is an entire universe to explore our minds will be forever trapped in a ball of light that stifles human curiosity.
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    These videos are awesome, thanks for this brother.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cavelltodd View Post
    I think the biggest problem is that people don't know what they are missing. A lot of people have been brought up in urban and suburban areas and they have never seen a dark sky before. If people realized what they were missing out on a lot more people would realize how important it is to minimize light pollution.
    I'm with you on this. Originally I set out to change the lights locally, near me. I think what really got me thinking about it differently is a group of folks who do sidewalk astronomy near the Adler Planetarium right near the Loop in Chicago. The lights are horrible there (ironic, given that it's a planetarium, but that's another story) - yet despite most amateur astronomers going away from lights, we go towards it. People regularly walk out this way when the weather is nice, to see the city, get exercise, etc. So we set up scopes and if they are curious, they take a look - and are amazed at what CAN be seen from the city.

    I've even done a check to see the limiting magnitude - it appears like only 2nd magnitude... at first. But with practice, I can see 3rd magnitude stars. Maybe not the 3.8 or 3.9 ones, but 2.8 to 3.4 or 3.5. And not every direction - certainly not over the lights of the city, but away from it towards the lake or even up above. So what I am looking to do with my videos is say, "Hey - even in a city, you can see things at night, with your naked eye, binoculars, or with a telescope... you just need to start looking."

    And the more people start looking, the more will (hopefully!) start caring about light pollution. Not just because it is an astronomy issue, but because increasingly we are discovering it is a health issue as well (cancer and sleep issues being the most prominent, early-study examples for now).

    The biggest problem as I see it is that the lighting industry has "fear of the dark" on it's side - a powerful, emotional motivator. True, people don't know what they're missing, because over 60 years or so, we've slowly eroded what we can see, so that it seems "normal" in many places to NOT see stars, sadly. And we amateur astronomers have... facts and evidence. Unfortunately, humans have evolved to go with "emotion" first and "facts/evidence" later. So again, I'm trying to provide the facts so people will change their minds (hopefully), because they will know there are things they can find and see - and would be more if they adjusted their lights.

    It is undoubtedly a long road, to be sure - but I'm not that old either. I'll keep making more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kinka View Post
    These videos are awesome, thanks for this brother.
    Thank you very much - that is a very nice compliment.
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