Meeting with a scientist Right from the Sky: Searching for darkness
5 October 2017
Christopher Kyba, Ph.D., works in the German Research Centre for Geosicences and is a visiting researcher in the Leibniz Institute of freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries. His main interest is the problem of light pollution and its impact on living organisms. One recurring theme of Kyba’s academic career is imaging with very low light intensity. In the earlier years, he worked as particle physicist in the Sunbury Neutrino Observatory in Australia, and was a Postdoc Fellow in the Department of Radiology at the University of Pennsylvania.
During his presentation, he will talk about ecological influence of the artificial night light on astronomers’ moods and much more. Christopher Kyba will also present results of the quantitative research on light pollution in cities. Research regarding this topic reached a turning point at the beginning of the 21st century. Before, studies in this field focused mainly on the fact that light pollution leads to decreased visibility of stars. Since development of chronobiology revealed that even low level of light pollution at night impacts many living organisms, the intensity of research on the impact of this phenomena on the environment and health has visibly increased.
We will also have the chance to learn how citizen science contributes to precise monitoring of changes in light pollution on a global scale. Because you don’t have to be a scientist to make a contribution in studies on the changes in the level of darkness of the sky. Today, everyone can join in and send data with the use of an application – but you will hear more about it from our guest.
Meeting will be conducted in English with Polish translation.
Photo: Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit, NASA Johnson Space Center