The GLOBE project, recently written up in the April 2007 Sky & Telescope (pg. 42), suggests people look at Orion and note how many stars can be seen visually (unaided eyes) at various locations during the period March 8 through 21. Details at this web site: http://www.globe.gov/GaN/ It would be interesting to try this at locations we use around the state, both urban/suburban and "dark sky", and possibly compare against SQM readings taken with an LP meter.... (We might have to add some stars, to get down far enough ??) :>)) (Actually, charts are supplied down to 7th magnitude.....) Below is attached the memo as forwarded from the Meade 4M group. Gene Lucas (17250) Forwarded from Meade 4M group: news@xxxxxxxxxxx March 7, 2007 Equipped with only your eyes, you can join other stargazers in a worldwide effort to assess light pollution. A team of astronomers and environmental scientists wants you to count some stars this month as part of the GLOBE at Night project, an effort to gauge the extent of light pollution worldwide. The task is simple: determine how many of Orion's stars can be seen on clear, moonless evenings from your home or observing site, then report your findings to project's website <http://www.globe.gov/GaN>. Conceived by staffers at the National Optical Astronomy Observatories in Tucson, Arizona, this ambitious endeavor is managed by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research and Colorado State University. GLOBE stands for Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment, a program to involve primary-and secondary-school students in scientific activities worldwide. -- See message header for info on list archives or unsubscribing, and please send personal replies to the author, not the list.