AAVSO: American Association of Variable Star Observers

Tools for "Dark Sky" Education

Volume 32 number 1 (2004)

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Eliz. M. Alvarez del Castillo

Abstract

To preserve our window to the universe, we must educate everyone about the value of dark skies and quality nighttime lighting. Astronomers, amateur and professional, are ideal ambassadors as we strive to raise awareness on a broad scale. Outreach programs can play an important role in collecting local light pollution data which are critical in the local decision making process. Resources (such as presentation materials, handouts, and activity ideas) are available from the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) at http://www.darksky.org.