Pittsburgh Chapter of the International Dark-Sky Association
 

The mission of Pittsburgh's IDA chapter is to protect dark night skies bright with stars for the enjoyment of all.

 
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The next meeting of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the International Dark-Sky Association will be at 6:30 pm on Monday, October 22, 2018, Connan Room in the Cohon University Center at Carnegie Mellon University.

Park for free after 5 pm in the East Campus Garage on Forbes Ave. Take a ticket at the entrance, then put it back in afterwards, when you leave.

The City of Pittsburgh plans to begin changing streetlights to LEDs in 2019. In the works? A new Metro21 grant at CMU to make a light pollution map of Pittsburgh, before, during and after the installation using UAVs.

We’ll also continue discussion of our various projects:

  • education and public outreach

  • local astrophotography

  • new IDAPgh website

  • comparisons of the sky in Pittsburgh from long ago until now

  • creation of attractive content for our social media (Facebook)

  • membership coordination

  • City Council meeting attendance (Schedule)

  • radio interviews of members

  • children’s light pollution book

  • analysis of eight years of Allegheny Observatory All-Sky camera data (to put a number to the increase of light pollution in the city)

  • taking nighttime data of Pittsburgh uplights with a weather balloon (possibly with Pitt Shadow Bandits)

  • ISS astronaut photos of Pittsburgh at night

  • using phone apps to measure skyglow all over the city (Dark Sky Meter for iPhone users, Loss of Night for Android users)

  • asking an astronaut to visit Pittsburgh and speak about what the night side of Earth looks like from above (Request Guidelines)

 

 

 
 
 
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