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GLOBE at Night

Windows to the Universe worked with the GLOBE (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment) Program to organize a study of light pollution around the world. Anyone who wanted to was able participate in the project, which is called GLOBE at Night. Click here to go to the GLOBE at Night home page and learn more.

Participants in GLOBE at Night simply went outside some night between March 22 and 29, 2006, and noted which stars in the constellation Orion they could see. They then logged their observation, including date and time and their location on Earth, to the online web form on the GLOBE site. You can view maps on the GLOBE site showing the data collected during the project.

Due to the success of this initial offering of GLOBE at Night, we will conduct a similar campaign that will run from March 8-21, 2007. Click here for more information about the next chance to be a part of GLOBE at Night!

The interactive animation below shows you what Orion might look like, depending on your location on Earth and the darkness of your skies. You need the latest Flash player plugin to see the animation.

Last modified November 9, 2006 by Randy Russell.

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