Skylabs NZ joins the International Dark Sky Week to raise awareness of the loss of our starry night and spread the word about how we can combat the effects of light pollution to bring back the dark night. Skylabs is organizing some free stargazing sessions from 5 to 12 April 202 in Beachlands, Auckland. While the registration is free, the number of telescopes is limited, for that reason booking is required.
Less than 100 years ago, everyone could look up and see a spectacular starry night sky. Now, millions of children across the globe will never experience the Milky Way where they live. The increased and widespread use of artificial light at night is not only impairing our view of the universe, but it is also adversely affecting our environment, our safety, our energy consumption, and our health.
Light pollution is a side effect of industrial civilization. Its sources include building exterior and interior lighting, advertising, commercial properties, offices, factories, streetlights, and illuminated sporting venues.
The fact is that much outdoor lighting used at night is inefficient, overly bright, poorly targeted, improperly shielded, and, in many cases, completely unnecessary.
These sessions will focus on light pollution and what actions can be done to mitigate it. We will start explaining what is light pollution and how to find dark skies. Attendees will be able to observe some deep-sky objects with some telescopes, like nebulae, globular clusters, open clusters, and galaxies.
The agenda, duration, and location of these sessions are different from the regular Stargazing Labs.
STEM AND FAMILY FRIENDLY
Even though the sessions end late, these activities are family-friendly and ideal for kids. You will have a nice opportunity to learn more about the solar system and the Universe, and also to motivate interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) in young minds.
These special sessions are going to take place from the Pohutukawa Coast Sundial, located in Beachlands, Auckland. At just 40 minutes from the Auckland CBD. This location has been strategically selected because it has a moderated light pollution (Bortle 4). Please, do not confuse with the regular Stargazing Labs, which is located in Maraetai Beach.
Consider following the google maps directions: https://goo.gl/maps/QfpEGDF4SdWwJbBT9
LEARN MORE ABOUT LIGHT POLLUTION
Watch the video below to learn more about light pollution.
CODE OF CONDUCT
In order to ensure safety, protect equipment, and enhance everyone enjoyment, we ask that you follow the Code of Conduct:
Pets are not permitted nearby the telescopes.
Smoking and alcoholic beverages are never permitted within the area.
Minors under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times.
Aerosol bug spray repellent may only be applied away from the telescopes.
Remove any trash and keep the premises clean.
Visitors should bring a flashlight with RED light.