Posted by BC on April 26th, 2008
Citizen astronomers around the world measured sky brightness during an activity sponsored by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP). The activity, GLOBE, involved 62 countries and thousands of people who all went out in March 2008 and count the numbers of stars in the constellation Orion. A device was also used by some to measure the brightness of the sky in that area.
As the world becomes one community, more of this type of activities can be done via Internet. GLOBE 2009 will be held in March again, and the ASP expects many more people to participate in measuring the sky brightness. Orion will again be the target area since it is visible in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres.