The Half-Astrophysicist Blog

Turn Out the Lights: It’s Earth Hour

Tonight, March 28th, people in cities around the world will turn off their lights in honor of Earth Hour. And it really is an hour: from 8:30pm to 9:30pm local time.  Cities across the USA and the world are participating, turning off as many outdoor lights as they can (lights critical for safety are not turned off, of course!)  Major US landmarks are going dark including Broadway and the Vegas Strip (that I want to see!)

You are encouraged to take photos or videos of the event and upload them.  Blogging and Twittering are also encouraged.

As for me, I will be manning a telescope at a star party at the University of Arziona in Tucson. We have some people around town with light meters who will try to measure potential changes as well as photographers at strategic points around town taking pictures before, during and after Earth Hour.  Earth Hour is a major event in Tucson, which is one of the best cities in the country for its outdoor lighting policies.

Now if I can’t appeal to your sense of environmental awareness and responsibility guys, chicks dig candleliht dinners for a cause.  It might help you tomorrow night in another department if you know what I mean!

So turn out the lights, just for an hour.

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March 28, 2009 - Posted by | citizen science, Dark Skies, Environment

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