NASA DEVELOP Map of Light Pollution on the Colorado Plateau

Check out this great video about the new map of light pollution on the Colorado Plateau that NASA DEVELOP created for the Colorado Plateau Dark Sky Cooperative.

The team is utilizing NASA Earth Observations from Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (NPP) Visible Infrared Image Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) Day-Night Band (DNB) to model the artificial light pollution over the Colorado Plateau through a toolbox. The Skyglow Estimation Toolbox is a Python program that propagates a map of scaling factors across inputted satellite data to model sky glow over an area on a point-by-point basis given pre-set azimuth and zenith angles. The final maps will show the sky glow experienced by an observer on the ground gazing in a specific compass direction and angle in the sky.

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