The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, the next major US ground-based astronomical infrastructure project, may be compromised by SpaceX and other satellite swarms.
SpaceX has “committed to making future satellite designs as dark as possible.” They are working with the astronomy community to mitigate the visibility of their satellite constellation, as described HERE.
The American Astronomical Society (AAS) Public Policy staff worked with the AAS Committee on Light Pollution, Radio Interference, and Space Debris to form a working group meant to interface between the astronomical scientific community and SpaceX. The working group includes UM’s Pat Seitzer.
“Smart” adaptive driving beam (ADB) headlights are already in use in other parts of the world. Supposedly they know how to cut glare, but they are on high beams by default.
The Free Press reports that Pure Michigan is launching a 30-second commercial on “Dark Skies” featuring the aurora. It will play in movie theaters for about 6 weeks.
Citizen science offers a powerful tool for monitoring light pollution. Chapter 24 of the new book, Citizen Science: Innovation, Open Science, Society, and Policy by Hecker et al. reviews the various citizen science projects addressing light pollution. Lots of other interesting applications in this free download, too.
The Zoological Lighting Institute will host a session on Artificial Light at Night (ALAN) at the American Institute of Architecture’s (AIA) annual convention in New York in June. There will be several topics discussed to place the issue of biodiversity-loss mitigation to the center of architectural sustainability, including bird collisions. This is a great step forward in transforming priorities in architectural sustainability.
In Feb 2017, the Baltimore Ravens came out with an upgrade design to add static pillars of white light to give a “civic gesture” to the stadium. Lights Out Baltimore, a group that monitors bird collisions, reached out to address how light pollution is a threat to birds. After three meetings, with the assistance of USFWS, the American Bird Conservancy, NYC Audubon, Audubon Maryland-DC, Cornell, and the MD Bird Conservation Partnership, the Ravens agreed on March 12, 2018 to remove the lights from the final design, instead of shutting them off at midnight (their first concession). This is in line with Cleveland’s work with the Browns and their findings on light pollution, which resulted in the Browns taking a proactive approach to bird safe nocturnal lighting. This is a monumental decision from a NFL team to change design that helps migratory birds.