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  • Light Pollution in Missouri
    it s dimmer now than I remember it being in my youth Wagoner said and that s because the city is growing and there s more light If you are living here in Brooklyn like me you may be thinking So what What happens half way across the country doesn t affect me Here s the thing if you look at things like street and sign illumination in a city like New York vs Carthage New York clearly has more But on a per capita basis that s not so clear anymore Lighting up your block in NYC takes just as many street lights as it does in Carthage but how many people live on your block New York already has plenty of room to be come more efficient in this area Do these small towns really want to head down the path that NYC took and make all the same mistakes with bad lighting which they have to pay for literally and figuratively only to have to redo it later The impact on energy consumption by the nation is potentially huge In rural areas lighting should be kept to an absolute minimum Stick up a town full of those old style mercury vapor lights and you drive up the electric bill increase roadway glare pump more carbon into the atmosphere that electricity has to come from somewhere and thats at least 50 coal nation wide drive away wildlife disrupt your own ability to sleep at night A couple of years ago we visited my grandmother in the very small town of Acorn Ridge MO One night I walked out behind the barn to try to get a clear view of the night sky without the glare of the mercury vapor light that sits on a utility pole just outside

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  • Light Pollution in Missouri | astrofoto.org
    A couple of years ago we visited my grandmother in the very small town of Acorn Ridge MO One night I walked out behind the barn to try to get a clear view of the night sky without the glare of the mercury vapor light that sits on a utility pole just outside their house I was struck by two things first was the prevelance of those lights all across the horizon Houses there are not close together While Acorn Ridge has a cluster of homes most of the houses are scattered across the fields sitting in the middle of each farmer s property Yet there were dozens of lights visible that weren t there when I was growing up The second thing was the distinct glow on the sky coming from Dexter a town only about 10 miles away Again it wasn t there when I was growing up And even 15 years ago before my wife and I married it was nearly non existent Small towns are naturally worried about insuring that their businesses thrive Thriving businesses are good for the community provide better opportunities both economic and educational for the children growing up in those communities and result in more tax income to provide services to those living there But the way growth happens in these small towns comes with an unrecognized but not hidden it s enough to see long term cost Light up your streets with inefficient glaring lights and you re pouring your tax money down the drain I hope Missouri takes a different path for growth than that followed by the east coast cities I hope they look at the big picture the long term picture to preserve all of the natural resource they have the clean air water and the night sky Roland Roberts s blog Log in to post comments Printer friendly version PDF version Navigation Calendar Gallery Constellations Messier Objects M27 The Dumbell Nebula Resources Astronomy Books Buying A Star Buying A Telescope Clubs and Organizations General Interest Imaging and Astrophotography Magazines Mailing Lists and News Groups Science Toy Suppliers Software Weather Information Tips and Tricks Roland s Corner Recent content About Copyright Search form Search User login Username Password Request new password Science Daily Mercury Mercury gets a meteoroid shower from Comet Encke Mercury gets a meteoroid shower from Comet Encke More Science Daily Venus The aliens are silent because they re dead The aliens are silent because they re dead More Science Daily Mars Antarctic fungi survive Martian conditions on the International Space Station Antarctic fungi survive Martian conditions on the International Space Station Rotation speed may be bad news for Red Planet pioneers Rotation speed may be bad news for Red Planet pioneers The aliens are silent because they re dead More Science Daily Jupiter New study challenges Jupiter s role as planetary shield protecting Earth from comet impacts New study challenges Jupiter s role as planetary shield protecting Earth from comet impacts NASA telescopes detect Jupiter

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  • Careers in Physics
    by Roland Roberts on Thu 02 11 2010 20 32 Okay here is a resource for your next career day The American Physical Society 2 has put together a slideshow 3 you can download I need to browse this so I can work on my spiel for career day at my son s middle school IS 30 Powered by Drupal Source URL http www astrofoto org node 1218 Links 1

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  • Careers in Physics | astrofoto.org
    New study challenges Jupiter s role as planetary shield protecting Earth from comet impacts NASA telescopes detect Jupiter like storm on small star NASA telescopes detect Jupiter like storm on small star Simulating the jet streams and anticyclones of Jupiter and Saturn More Science Daily Saturn Cassini completes final close Enceladus flyby Cassini completes final close Enceladus flyby How water escapes from Saturn Magnetic reconnection How water escapes from Saturn Magnetic reconnection Explosive energy in Saturn s magnetic bubble More Science Daily Neptune Evidence of a real ninth planet discovered Evidence of a real ninth planet discovered Mars to lose its largest moon Phobos but gain a ring Mars to lose its largest moon Phobos but gain a ring Simulation of 3 D exotic clouds on an exoplanet More Science Daily Uranus Jupiter bumped giant planet from our solar system This solar system isn t big enough for the both of us Jupiter More Science Daily Pluto Earth like planets have Earth like interiors Earth like planets have Earth like interiors Evidence of a real ninth planet discovered Evidence of a real ninth planet discovered New Horizons returns first of the best images of Pluto More Science Daily Comets and Asteroids Earth like planets have Earth like interiors Earth like planets have Earth like interiors Artistic space odyssey to broadcast people s messages to the stars Artistic space odyssey to broadcast people s messages to the stars New study challenges Jupiter s role as planetary shield protecting Earth from comet impacts More Science Daily Kuiper Belt Earth like planets have Earth like interiors Earth like planets have Earth like interiors Evidence of a real ninth planet discovered Evidence of a real ninth planet discovered New Horizons returns first of the best images of Pluto More Astronomy News NASA s Great

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  • Sun|trek Educational Site
    resource for learning about the Sun and it s effect on the Earth The material is varied and the comment about being devoted to teaching schoolchildren is a bit vague on the age group but the format includes a large number of images and other materials that make it engaging certainly for middle school and possibly for older elementary students depending on the lesson Of course some of the material is clearly targetted at high school students so you ll need to poke around a bit to find material References to grade level appear to be based on the British system things like KS3 and year 7 but you can figure it out I m a little disappointed with the cool looking cartoon summaries don t have entire cartoons sequences to go with them A few years back I bought and handed out copies of a booklet called Cycles 3 from the Astronomical Society of the Pacific 4 I really thought I was going to get something like that or like the Cartoon Guide to Physics 5 link is to Harper Collins the publisher you can buy from your favorite bookseller Powered by Drupal Source URL http www astrofoto org

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  • Sun|trek Educational Site | astrofoto.org
    silent because they re dead The aliens are silent because they re dead More Science Daily Mars Antarctic fungi survive Martian conditions on the International Space Station Antarctic fungi survive Martian conditions on the International Space Station Rotation speed may be bad news for Red Planet pioneers Rotation speed may be bad news for Red Planet pioneers The aliens are silent because they re dead More Science Daily Jupiter New study challenges Jupiter s role as planetary shield protecting Earth from comet impacts New study challenges Jupiter s role as planetary shield protecting Earth from comet impacts NASA telescopes detect Jupiter like storm on small star NASA telescopes detect Jupiter like storm on small star Simulating the jet streams and anticyclones of Jupiter and Saturn More Science Daily Saturn Cassini completes final close Enceladus flyby Cassini completes final close Enceladus flyby How water escapes from Saturn Magnetic reconnection How water escapes from Saturn Magnetic reconnection Explosive energy in Saturn s magnetic bubble More Science Daily Neptune Evidence of a real ninth planet discovered Evidence of a real ninth planet discovered Mars to lose its largest moon Phobos but gain a ring Mars to lose its largest moon Phobos but gain a ring Simulation of 3 D exotic clouds on an exoplanet More Science Daily Uranus Jupiter bumped giant planet from our solar system This solar system isn t big enough for the both of us Jupiter More Science Daily Pluto Earth like planets have Earth like interiors Earth like planets have Earth like interiors Evidence of a real ninth planet discovered Evidence of a real ninth planet discovered New Horizons returns first of the best images of Pluto More Science Daily Comets and Asteroids Earth like planets have Earth like interiors Earth like planets have Earth like interiors Artistic space

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  • Bay Ridge Regional Science Lab Proposal
    and although the proposal had the support of local politicians the Department of Education DOE and the local community nothing was done Enter Mayor Bloomberg and Chancellor Klein and the ensuing sea change at the DOE Greene reports that the Mayor and the Chancellor has largely ignored correspondence on the matter Speaking from my own first hand experience in trying to get a response from the Mayor s office where it took over six months and numerous duplicate letters and FAXes this treatment seems all too familiar So what is the proposal There is a small parcel of land on the Brooklyn side of the Verazzano Narrows which is known as Denyse Wharf The concrete pier is designated as a historical landmark and thus has to be preserved but next to it is a small sandy beach which is submerged at high tide and rocky area that acts as a tidal pool The proposal would build two laboratory spaces with capacity for up to 30 students each and include for lack of a better term a visitors gallery around the periphery While the official response that this space is inaccessible sounds reasonable anyone who has visited the area during the summer a favorite bicycling spot for our family knows it is quite accessible with a small parking area both before and after the bridge as well as being within typical walking distance of the 95th Street R train stop The other half of the official objection is that is is not cost effective Ahem Most of our schools do not have any lab space in violation of state education standards The standards of cost effective is unfortunately totally undefined by the DOE and so impossible to rebutt However it is wholly ineffective to stuff our schools to the point that

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  • Physics at Home, Science Projects
    10 31 The American Physical Society has a nice web site called Physics Central 2 which has among other things a section called Physics Home 3 For those of you who put off you science fair projects until the last minute have a look at some of the things you can try at home The laser and jello experiment looks not only interesting but also quite yummy Powered by Drupal

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