SkyGlowNet: Multi-Disciplinary Independent Student Research in Environmental Light at Night Monitoring

Craine, Brian L. and Craine, Eric R. and Culver, Roger B. and DeBenedetti, Jennifer C. and Flurchick, Kenneth M. (2014) SkyGlowNet: Multi-Disciplinary Independent Student Research in Environmental Light at Night Monitoring. In: Ensuring STEM Literacy: a National Conference on STEM Education and Public Outreach. Astronomical Society of the Pacific Conference Series, pp. 123-132.

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Abstract

SkyGlowNet uses Internet-enabled sky brightness meters (iSBM) to monitor sky brightness over school sites. The data are used professionally and in STEM outreach to study natural and artificial sources of sky brightness, light pollution, energy efficiency, and environmental and health impacts of artificial night lighting. The iSBM units are owned by participating institutions and managed by faculty or students via proprietary Internet links. Student data are embargoed for two semesters to allow students to analyze data and publish results, then they are moved to a common area where students from different institutions can collaborate. The iSBM units can be set to operate automatically each night. Their data include time, sky brightness, weather conditions, and other related parameters. The data stream can be viewed and processed online or downloaded for study. SkyGlowNet is a unique, multi-disciplinary, real science program aiding research for science and non-science students.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: Astronomy Education Research
Depositing User: Dr Michael Fitzgerald
Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2017 09:31
Last Modified: 19 Aug 2018 09:26
URI: http://istardb.org/id/eprint/1323

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