Astronomy outreach is needed now more than ever, in order to get the public and young people interested in astronomy and the stars. Thankfully with no shortage of professional and public groups who want to look up at the stars and share in the knowledge, the outreach isn’t going away.
There’s even a website that showcases the educational and informational side of astronomy, and promotes different groups nation and worldwide, as well as issues related to astronomy. Even without the promotions, various groups and organizations put together events that allow for more knowledge to be given to the public.
Promoting Astronomy based issues
Several of these groups try to promote the challenges as well as ways to fix them in the field of astronomy. One of these major issues is light pollution, and it’s one that everyone has encountered before. How many times have people looked up and seen only a blank starless sky?
The reason for this is light from cities and towns blocking the starlight, and it’s why stars are more visible when in open areas free from large pockets of people. The most common example of this is when it looks as though a glow of light, almost like a fog, is over a town.
This is called Skyglow, and it can be seen from miles away while also blocking the light from the night sky. Other problems of having the lights always on include ‘light trespass’ which is when lights from other sources pierce windows at night and can prevent a good night’s sleep as well as glare that can blind those who look at it.
Through planting more trees to help filter the light as well as shielding street lamps and other outdoor sources to prevent light from shining upward can help with this problem, turning lights off and ensuring that they aren’t on when they aren’t needed is the best way to end light pollution.
Public viewing and stargazing
Many schools and colleges, especially those that offer an astronomy course, all have some form of a public event that involves bringing small groups together with telescopes and the ability to look up at the stars.
This allows questions to be answered and for people to come together with like-minded individuals to look up and compare notes and telescopes when the astronomy courses are in session. Other times, these public events will be hosted by a group and will have people gather at parks or even observatories.
Various outreach programs also exist through websites, guidebooks, and other groups of people who study the stars professionally, helping to spread the cause and interesting benefits of astronomy to the rest of the world.
Every one of these programs is always open to the public and many veterans can help people who want to become part of the astronomy club to discover their own passion for what lies above them. With so many ways and desires to reach the world, astronomy outreach shows no signs of slowing down as it keeps bring people into the fold.