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The Great Worldwide Star Count has begun: October 14-28. You can help map light pollution around the world. Unnecessary lighting takes away our view of the sky, can be harmful to wildlife and to human health - and it's just plain wasteful.

It's easy and you can download an activity guide in German (or 14 other languages!). BTW the guide is for last year, but the activity hasn't changed.

Star Count Activity Guide 2010 - in German


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Thanks for posting this Mona, hope it encourages more to join in because it is fun, as well as having a 'reason' behind it.

Took part in last years Star Count and we are already repeating the experience, including moving from one observation point to another, it makes for a fascinating few hours. Am keeping those fingers crossed for a few more cloudless evenings though, it was a bit 'iffy' last night. smile

You are right with what you say about the problems to wildlife too. Stayed in the centre of a smallish town where the shopping area was illuminated the entire night, it was as if the birds did not know if they were coming or going. Every day they would be vocal throughout the night but when it was time for the springtime dawn chorus it was as if they had given up. Not a single chirp.

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I was lucky to get a nice patch of clear sky on my way home from visiting a friend. And it was mild enough to stand around long enough for my eyes to adjust. Amazingly, I saw eta CYG which is nearly fourth magnitude, but I can tell you it was just barely. I recorded the sky as 3rd magnitude, but noted this.

I'll be in mid Wales next week, so hope to get another observation there, though I'm not counting on it.


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