It's almost here -- The Great World Wide Star Count starts this Friday, October 14th and runs through October 28th. This Windows to the Universe program is an international citizen-science event that encourages everyone, astronomers and non-astronomers alike, to measure their local light pollution and report their observations online.
The Great World Wide Star Count is designed to raise awareness about light pollution as well as encourage learning in astronomy. No prior experience is necessary. All background information needed to participate is on the Star Count Web site (http://starcount.org), along with a downloadable activity guide with the step-by-step instructions. All observations will be available online via Google Maps and as downloadable datasets.
Now in its fifth year, people from more than 60 countries have contributed more than 12,000 observations to Star Count. Please help us spread the word to your families, friends, club members, and especially any teachers or students that you know!