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New street lighting: energy-efficient & dark sky friendly

Posted by on Jul 10, 2013 in At Issue | 0 comments

On May 8, 2013, I watched a contractor replacing all of the streetlights on our street in Aberdeen with dimmable, fully shielded LED lights. At night, streetlights which are some distance away are barely visible as their light is directed downward and not sideways. This is a very good step for reducing light pollution over the city. The City has replaced 1000 fixtures with “adaptive street lighting” in residential neighborhoods – in all of Juniper, in Aberdeen Highlands neighborhood, in upper Sahali, and in all of Batchelor Heights. The light type they have selected is called Satellite, and is approved by the International Dark Sky Association. They have a dimming technology which is controlled centrally, are LED lights, 5000 Kelvin. I previously investigated this color spectrum, and the IDSA recommends 3000 Kelvin or less which is a warmer color...

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Ajax Open House Perspective

Posted by on Feb 22, 2012 in At Issue | 0 comments

Tracy Hendry, Vice President of the Kamloops Astronomical Society, had the following comments on the recent Ajax Open House: I attended the Ajax Mine Open House on Monday evening, February 6th. There were security personnel in the hall outside the room and a table where one could sign in. There was a greeter just inside the door who kindly informed me what the set-up of the room was, where to find the people I needed to talk to and where to find the computer stations where I could provide comments if I wished. There were also information hand-outs to take. There were probably about 40 to 50 people in the room when I arrived. There were several “stations” set up around the room on different topics regarding the Application Information Requirements (AIR), and AIR documents were provided for sign-out...

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Calling all Earthlings!

Posted by on Feb 7, 2012 in At Issue | 0 comments

More stars. Less Light. Participate in GLOBE at Night! Take a few minutes to get involved in the GLOBE at Night campaign to preserve dark skies! GLOBE at Night is a citizen-science campaign open to people all over the world to raise awareness of the impact of light pollution by inviting citizen-scientists to measure their night sky brightness and report their observations to a website from a computer or smart phone. Light pollution threatens not only our “right to starlight”, but can affect energy consumption, wildlife and health. Through 2011, people in 115 countries contributed 66,000 measurements, making GLOBE at Night one of the most successful light pollution awareness campaigns to date. Please join us to participate in the 2012 campaign an hour after sunset til about 10pm January 14 through 23, February 12 through 21, March 13 through...

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Astronomical Society Has Ajax Concerns

Posted by on Jan 30, 2012 in At Issue | 0 comments

For the past year, the Kamloops Astronomical Society has been working on fulfilling requirements for establishing a Dark Sky Preserve at the Stake Lake Recreation Area where our observatory is located. This designation is granted by the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, and currently there are only 13 Dark Sky Preserves in Canada, with just two in BC. Our group is very concerned that the proposed Ajax Mine will contribute significant light pollution to the skies over Stake Lake. We have met with the Environmental Assessment Office representatives and were impressed with their knowledge of the issues around light pollution and their willingness to listen to our concerns. We have accepted a position on the EAO advisory committee which meets early in February. In the meantime, we will continue working towards Dark Sky Preserve status for Stake Lake and...

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