This important, and fairly easy to perform Star Count project is designed as part of an international scientific study to investigate the visual quality of the nighttime sky and to help assess the national and global extent of atmospheric light pollution. It will also help to evaluate the amount of energy wasted through poor or inappropriate lighting practices.
Teachers, students, youth organizations ( e.g. Cubs, Scouts, Guides etc.) amateur astronomers, science and environmental organizations, and dedicated interested individuals, are all invited to participate.
The number of stars that one can see in a cloudless, moonless sky at night depends critially upon two factors,
Wasted energy (from poor lighting practices) and air pollution (from environmentally "unfriendly" sources) conspire to deplete the nighttime sky of visible stars.
By partciplating in this star count activity you will be helping to identifiy the national and global extent of atmospheric smog and haze. It will also assist in obtaining an estimate of the amount of energy wasted through poor lighting practices.
The Star Count Project is designed to facilitate the teaching of specific curriculum outcomes/expectations for grades K thought 12 and are linked to the outcomes in the Pan-Canadian Science Curriculum.
To undertake this project there are a few pieces of critical information that you will need to provide.
The longitude and latitude of the location at which you will make your observations.
Latitude and Longitude
A valid e-mail address (which will only be used for registration purposes).
The time and date of your observations and pollution index.
The calculated result derived from your observations.