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"Do you want to translate the Loss of the Night app into your language?

I currently have offers to translate the Loss of the Night citizen science app into 3 additional languages. When I have at least 5 additional languages, I can arrange a new release. Please let me know if you are interested in helping by volunteering to translating two XML files and the text for the play and app stores into your native language. You can expect the job to take about four hours of translation time, plus about 20 minutes verifying that the translation works correctly in the app.

The app is already translated into: Arabic, Catalan, Chinese, Czech, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Romanian, Slovak, Spanish, and Turkish. If you are interested volunteering a new translation, please send an email to Christopher Kyba."

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“It’s very important to protect dark sky areas from development. All over the country it doesn’t seem to be a consideration, but it’s important not to lose our dark skies and important for us that we can see the sky at night.”


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Stunning Nightscapes: Earth & Sky Photo Contest 2015
The winners and notable photos of the 6th International Earth and Sky Photo Contest, (, a program by The World at Night (TWAN) in collaboration with the Global Astronomy Month ( and the National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO). The contest theme is Dark Skies Importance. Similar to TWAN itself, the contest also aims to reclaim the natural beauty of starry sky and to help preserving the dark skies which are not yet dominated by artificial lights.

Sound artists: Thomas Nordwest (
Winner photos and more information on the contest page:

Credit: TWAN/Babak Tafreshi
Date: June 17, 2015

+Campaign for Dark Skies 
+International Dark-Sky Association 
+Babak Tafreshi 

#Space #Astronomy #Stars #MilkyWay #Galaxy #Aurora #StarTrails
#Earth  #Astrophotography #Art #Science #DarkSkies #LightPollution #International #Competition #Photography

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"Dunedin's opportunity to become the world's first ''dark sky city'' could be lost if the replacement of the city's street lights is rushed."

#lightpollution   #darkskyplaces   #ledlighting  

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IDA Receives National Environmental Award

"The International Dark Sky Parks program is recognized for its innovative efforts."

The link is to the pdf of the press release.

+IDA - International Dark-Sky Association 

#darkskyplaces   #environment  

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This short film, 'City Lights To Dark Skies' was my contribution to last years International Dark Sky Week. I'm reposting it again, as International Dark Sky Week for 2015 is on right now. I spend a lot of time photographing the night sky and have seen many of the negative effects that light pollution can have. So I thought one of the best ways to educate people about light pollution would be to show them the difference between a light polluted city sky and a dark sky with little or no light pollution. I used time-lapse photography to demonstrate this, and spent many hours in different lighting conditions capturing the footage.

I recommend you to go check out the +IDA - International Dark-Sky Association  You can access their website at and also the International Dark Sky Week webpage at Here they have a lot of information on the effects of light pollution, and what can be done in your community to combat it. And during International Dark Sky Week, do yourself a favor and head out of the cities for some star gazing. It can be a truly humbling experience, especially if you haven't done it before. It's certainly a release for me from every day life...after all, life without dark skies - you don't know what you are missing...

Feel free to share this film!

Want to know more? Follow me here:

#‎darkskies #‎MarkGee #‎theartofnight #‎CityLightsToDarkSkies #‎lightpollution #‎video #‎IDSW2015‬

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"A POPULAR site for star-gazers will be protected from any future light pollution after gaining Dark Sky Discovery status."

The site is the Rollright Stones, near Chipping Norton, on the  Oxfordshire/Warwickshire border.

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