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2014-04-07 23:29:52

Vito Technology has announced the release of their award-winning astronomy guide Star Walk for Windows Phone. Star Walk is an educational augmented reality app for spotting over 200,000 stars, planets, constellations, satellites and galaxies in the night sky. Alexandria, VA (PRWEB) April 07, 2014 Vito Technology has announced the release of their award-winning stargazing app Star Walk for Windows Phone. Star Walk is an educational augmented reality app for spotting over 200,000 stars,...

Hundreds Witness Bright Fireball Blaze A Trail Over New England
2014-01-14 09:10:40

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Hundreds of people have reported seeing a bright fireball blazing a trail across the early evening sky on Sunday, January 12. The fiery visitor, which appeared brighter than the near full moon for most people, streaked across the sky at around 5:20 p.m. EST, according to the American Meteor Society (AMS). Most witness reports had come from Connecticut, but people from Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey,...

2013-12-24 23:03:59

Vito Technology has announced the release of their award-winning astronomy guide Star Walk for Android. Star Walk is an educational augmented reality app for spotting over 200,000 stars, planets, constellations, satellites and galaxies in the night sky. Alexandria, VA (PRWEB) December 24, 2013 Vito Technology has announced the release of their award-winning astronomy guide Star Walk for Android. Star Walk is an educational augmented reality app for spotting over 200,000 stars, planets,...

New Star Counting App Asks Citizen Scientists To Map The Skies
2013-12-20 15:46:51

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online German researchers are asking citizen scientists to use an app to help them count the stars in their city to see how light pollution affects what shows up in the night sky. Scientists developed the “Loss of the Night" app to measure how the brightness of the sky changes over time, as lighting technologies change. The app has been expanded to support 11 languages to gather data from as many regions as possible. “Since the app...

Draconid Meteor Shower Tomorrow
2013-10-07 14:44:26

[ Watch the Video: Catch The Draconid Meteor Shower Tonight ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Astronomers are hoping for a good show Tuesday night in the form of the Draconid meteor shower. Because the shower is expected to start just after dusk, experts say the annual show is an ideal one for the casual astronomer. The shooting stars are a byproduct of the Giacobini-Zinner comet, which orbits the sun every 6.6 years. With each pass, the comet leaves behind a thin...

Best Vacation Hotspots Centered Around Stargazing: Exclusive
2013-09-24 15:16:48

[ Watch the Video: Stargazing On Your Next Vacation - Where To Go ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Everyone's idea of a vacation seems to center around a beach or a resort, so how about mixing things up a bit on your next trip by venturing out to a place far from city lights, to a land that blankets you in a night sky like you've never known. How light pollution affects a city can be best summed up with a quote from Alex the lion -- a character from the...

Grant From Uwingu Fund Will Help Dark-Sky Save Our Stars
2013-06-03 13:54:35

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) was recently awarded a grant from the Uwingu Fund in support of the organization's new program called "Save Our Stars." According to IDA, Save Our Stars (SOS) is a program aimed to work with amateur astronomers and other groups to educate about light pollution, provide information about how it can be diminished, and educate about the importance of limiting sky pollution to protect the...

International Dark Sky Week
2013-04-06 05:30:50

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online International Dark Sky Week (IDSW) is kicking off this weekend in an attempt to show the world just how dark our skies can be without light pollution. The International Dark-Sky Association´s (IDA) week long festivities began on April 5 and continue through April 11. The week is designed to promote ways to help put a dent in light pollution, such as directing light downward instead of up towards the sky, which washes out the stars...

Death Valley Receives Gold Tier Dark Sky Label
2013-02-22 04:49:58

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) announced this week that Death Valley National Park is being designated as the largest International Dark Sky Park in the world. The association said that the park offers views similar to what could have been seen before the rise of cities, due to its seclusion from other towns. Death Valley earned a "Gold Tier" status from the sky pollution watchdog, a status awarded to only those places...

Dung Beetles Use Milky Way For Nocturnal Navigation
2013-01-24 14:35:18

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Back before technology emerged into everyone's pockets, sailors used the stars as their GPS system when navigating the seven seas. While that way of navigation is a little outdated for humans, it´s still a modern technology for dung beetles. Scientists wrote in the journal Current Biology about how dung beetles guide their way through even the darkest of nights by the soft glow of the Milky Way in the sky. Researchers say...


Latest Night sky Reference Libraries

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2004-10-19 04:45:43

Light Pollution -- Light pollution refers to excess light, created by human activities, that brightens the night sky enough to hide many stars from observers. For the average person, light pollution means that even on a clear, moonless night, only a few stars may be visible. When a city grows up near an astronomical observatory, light pollution can make the observatory effectively useless. Unlike most forms of pollution, light pollution isn't persistent: turn the lights off, and the...

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