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Using innovation to light our world sustainably

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Here at one of our main goals is to raise awareness about the importance of the night sky and how to protect and preserve natural darkness. We do this not just because we value the Cosmos, but because the night sky is integral to our wellbeing and that of the environment.

We are particularly interested in innovative, energy efficient and environmentally sensitive lighting because the world needs sustainable solutions to overcome light pollution. Best lighting practices are the way forward.

Thankfully, advances in technology offer systems that can meet a wide range of lighting requirements, including those that adapt to changing conditions. This is welcome news because towns and cities can select the best options for their particular needs, instead of following a one size fits all, blanket approach.

Best lighting practices involves choosing the most effective, economical and healthy way to illuminate the areas we inhabit. Using these principles as a guide, we can enhance and transform any space - not just roads, streets, buildings and workplaces.

(Those councils and authorities wanting to upgrade their street lighting can save a great deal of time and money if they seek the advice of experts who understand best lighting practices and have been involved in the establishment of successful night sky communities.)

Above is an excellent example in Eindhoven, Netherlands, of an energy-neutral illuminated bicycle path that uses solar charged pigments. The design was inspired by Van Gogh’s painting ‘Starry Night,’ and celebrates the wonder and beauty of the night.

With care and consideration we can light our lives far more intelligently to save energy and money, improve our health, protect the environment, lower the crime rate, and ensure the night sky is visible to everyone who wants to enjoy it, for generations to come.
Tvilight Intelligent Lighting Solutions.

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As real as it gets - Flying above Mars

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Finnish filmmaker Jan Fröjdman transformes imagery from HiRISE, a camera aboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, into a dynamic overhead view of the Red Planet.

Watch it here.


Great Overview New Horizons mission

alan stern copyMeet Dr. Alan Stern, the Principle Investigator and learn about NASA’s historic mission to Pluto and beyond. Live stream on 13 February 2017 (can be watched again) here.

Introduction to Astronomy restarts

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Highly recommended Ronen Plesser’s free course Introduction to Astronomy will now be offered at Duke University on their new platform Duke Extend. The new session of Introduction to Astronomy starts November 28, and you can learn more and register here.

This ten week course progresses outward from our own Earth into Solar system, Galaxy and Deep Space, to cover essentially everything in the Universe. Watch Ronen's introduction on YouTube here.

Visit Rosetta’s comet in amazing 3D.

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Rosetta spacecraft has impacted on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, ending its very successful mission. You can view the comet in this amazing interactive 3D visualisation here.
Find a description of the tool here.

Are we heading for a new Maunder Minimum?

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Original image here.

We are coming out of the current sunspot cycle 24 which will end around 2019. The maximum of this cycle has yet again been well below that of the previous two cycles.

“Some studies show that sunspot magnetic field strengths […] are already close to the minimum needed to sustain sunspots on the solar surface”.

Read Dr. Sten Odenwald’s Blog here.

ESO Astronomy Camp

ann16031aStudents aged between 16 and 18 years old, can apply for participation in the 4th ESO Astronomy Camp. The camp will take place from 26 December 2016 to 1 January 2017 in Italy and it is organised by ESO and its Science Outreach Network, together with the science education event organiser Sterrenlab and OAVdA.

Click the link 4th ESO Astronomy for detailed information.

Teachers invited to join the STEAM Team

STEAMThe Planetary Society is developing a youth education program with the goal to help teachers educate and engage students around the world in Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and the Arts.

The STEAM Team is an advisory network of educators from around the world who will help to create the most effective education program possible. We want to bring your educational expertise to bear on a widespread program to enhance STEAM education around the world.

By joining this team, you will become part of a global advisory council of educators. We will reach out to you for feedback on the educational resources we develop, and on the direction of our youth education program as a whole. We’ll send you surveys, questions, and opportunities to share your ideas.

Read more here

What happens at the edge of the Universe?

EdgeoftheUniversePBSWhat is at the edge of the Universe and what happens if we are trying to get there.
In this episode in the Space Time series by PBS Matt tries to answer this question in a scientific way.
Watch it here.

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