Citizen Scientist

Girl Scout event with solar observing. Photo by Keith Caceres

Citizen science is the practice of public participation and collaboration in scientific research to increase scientific knowledge as a citizen volunteer. Through citizen science, people share and contribute to data monitoring and collection programs such as Globe at Night.

The Citizen Scientist Toolkit includes resources to empower members of the public to collect, analyze, and share natural nighttime data.

Resources

Dark Sky Monitoring

An important part of solving the problem of light pollution is to have a thorough understanding of its magnitude, and a great way to do that is to measure the brightness of the night sky. This document provides an overview to help citizen scientists get started.

Colorado Parks & Wildlife

Dark Sky ASSESSMENT GUIDE

This worksheet guides users through several evaluation methods which could be used for a general assessment of dark sky friendly lighting in a community.

Utah Community Development Office

Astrophotography 101

Capturing images of our night skies is beneficial for communicating the issue of light pollution. Opening our camera shutters for long periods of time allows faint light to become quite obvious. When capturing images of the night sky, you will also capture the domes of skyglow on the horizon. Learn the basics with Astrophotography 101.

Bettymaya Foott, Director of Public Engagement at the International Dark Sky Association

HELPER, UT LIGHTING INVENTORY DASHBOARD

Struggling to visualize what a community lighting inventory looks like? Helper, UT was one of the first cities in the nation to have a thorough lighting inventory. Click the link above to interact with an ArcGIS Dashboard featuring collected data points for 487 public light fixtures.

Courtesy of Helper City and the Utah Community Development Office

Time and DaTE

Explore the world through time and date. Travel back into history or into the future and learn about the movement of celestial bodies.

Time and Date AS

4-H discover Dark Sky clubs

The Discover 4-H Clubs series guides new 4-H volunteer leaders through the process of starting a 4-H club or provides a guideline for seasoned volunteer leaders to try a new project area. The 4-H Discover Dark Sky Club outlines six club meetings to help children learn about the universe, astronomy, outdoor lighting, and other dark sky principles.

Justina Parsons-Bernstein | Kate Croft
Utah Division of Parks and Recreation

Andreé Walker Bravo | Steven Price | Stacey MacArthur
Utah State University Extension

Radiance Light Trends

An interactive web map for examining changes in nighttime light emissions (nearly) worldwide.

Deneb, Geoinformation solutions, Jurij Stare s.p.

GLOBE AT NIGHT

Globe at Night is an international citizen-science campaign to raise public awareness of the impact of light pollution by inviting citizen-scientists to measure & submit their night sky brightness observations.

NSF’s NOIRLab

“By providing concrete evidence of a problem or of an opportunity to make things betters, a community can build its case for enacting positive change.”

– Espiau, Renee and Burillo, Renee. (2008)