Rothney Astrophysical Observatory
Conserving the Wilderness of the Night Sky
Discovering Your Night Sky
Learn how to be a scientist by observing and gathering information about the night sky. Below are links to activities, tools, information and fun learning opportunities. Discover how you can observe the moon, take light brightness measurements, locate constellations, learn about the birds, bats and other animals which fill the skies at night. All of these creatures including humans need dark skies. Learn why and how astronomers and biologists measure and study dark skies. Just click on the images below for links to citizen science projects and how to Be a Scientist Activities:
Royal Astronomical Society of Canada - Calgary Centre
Be a Great Citizen. Learn about how you can identify and mitigate light pollution in your community. The RASC is wonderful resource on how to observe the moon, planets and celestial objects. They also want everyone to have access to dark skies and a chance to connect to the universe.
What is Light Pollution?
Light pollution is unwanted artificial light that has a negative affect on humans, birds, animals, insects and plantlife. Our natural world is what is below our feet, on the ground, in the air and up above into our atmosphere. Conserving the wilderness of the night sky is as important today as protecting all other parts of our natural environment.
Enter your dark sky measurements
After you have followed the guidance of how, when and why to take the light brightness measurements for your community. All of the details and instructions are found in the step by step light measurement guide. Once you have taken your light measurements, click on the link and upload your data to our light pollution mitigation project.