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Marnie Ogg talks with some of the brightest minds in the field about light pollution and ways to protect our night skies.

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Marnie Ogg talks with some of the brightest minds in the field about light pollution and ways to protect our night skies.

    Dark Skies over Sark with Ada Blair

    Dark Skies over Sark with Ada Blair

    My guest today, Ada Blair - a counsellor and psychotherapist at the University of Edinburgh. 

    Author of ‘An Exploration of the Role that the Night Sky Plays in the lives of the Dark Sky Island Community of Sark’, her research, conducted on Sark in 2014, addresses the 'missing sky' factor within ecopsychology and health and environmental psychology. Intuitive inquiry is employed to explore the following themes: human desire to see the night sky, commercialisation of this desire through astronomical tourism, the nature of nature, fear of the dark, and nature and wellbeing.

    Research findings show skywatching facilitating family/community connections and improving wellbeing, the transmission of sky stories, childhood sky memories, a fearlessness of the dark and the phenomenon on moonless nights of an absent horizon, whereby sky and land appear as one.

    For more, visit:
    An Exploration of the Role that the Night Sky Plays in the Lives of the Dark Sky Island Community of Sark
    Sark in the Dark


    Marnie Ogg is talking to some of the brightest minds in their field, about the topic of light pollution and ways to protect our night skies.


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    #astronomy #science #light #lightpollution #darkskies #darksky
     
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    • 48 min
    You Need A Unihedron In Your Life - Here's Why

    You Need A Unihedron In Your Life - Here's Why

    My guest today, Anthony Teckatch - developer and co-owner of the Unihedron Sky Quality Meter system.
    The "Sky Quality Meter" measures the brightness of the night sky in magnitudes per square arcsecond. Designed by two friends, Dr Doug Welch and Anthony Tekatch, the Unihedron Sky Quality Meter handheld meter. enables scientists, researchers and night sky lovers to monitor sky brightness through the night, night-to-night, and year-to-year. Join Anthony as he shares the journey of the device, and some of the unanticipated ways it's been used.


    Marnie Ogg is talking to some of the brightest minds in their field, about the topic of light pollution and ways to protect our night skies.


    For more information about the Unihedron range, visit their website at http://unihedron.com/ 


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    Email Marnie at podcast@darkskytraveller.com.au 


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    • 41 min
    Professor Tim Hunter - Co-Founder of the International Dark Sky Association

    Professor Tim Hunter - Co-Founder of the International Dark Sky Association

    My guest today, professor Tim Hunter, owner of the Grasslands Observatory in Tucson Arizona and co-founder of the International Dark Sky Association

    The Grasslands Observatory was started in 1985 when Tim Hunter purchased 20 acres of land at a remote location in Southeastern Arizona approximately an hour's drive from Tucson. The site has no horizon obstructions in any direction and sits on a large grassy plateau surrounded by distant mountains. It is at 5000 feet elevation, and there is only minor light pollution from distant Tucson, Sierra Vista, and Nogales, Arizona (and Sonora, Mexico).

    Marnie Ogg is talking to some of the brightest minds in their field, about the topic of light pollution and ways to protect our night skies.

    For more from Tim, visit his website at http://grasslandsobservatory.com/
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    • 39 min
    Feel Better, Sleep Better, Be Healthier - Your Circadian Rhythms with Professor Sean Cain

    Feel Better, Sleep Better, Be Healthier - Your Circadian Rhythms with Professor Sean Cain

    The circadian rhythm controls many aspects of our lives, hormone release, hunger, and sleep. Before the invention of the light globe, this important mechanism was set and reset it by the rise and fall of the sun.

    My guest today, professor Sean Cain, Associate Professor of Psychology at Monash University, suggests humans may be even more sensitive to light than we already acknowledge.

    His laboratory work focuses on individual sensitivities to light and how these insights may help us understand the influences of poor human health, including sleep disorders, metabolic diseases, and depression. He's the current president of the Australasian Chronobiology Society. So Sean, what is chronobiology and how does it fit in with your career right now?.

    Marnie Ogg is talking to some of the brightest minds in their field, about the topic of light pollution and ways to protect our night skies.

    For more from Sean follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/circadian247

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    #astronomy #science #light #lightpollution #darkskies #darksky #circadianrhythms #seancain #chronobiology
     
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    • 40 min
    Ancient Egyptian Night Skies with Brenan Dew

    Ancient Egyptian Night Skies with Brenan Dew

    Dark Sky Conversations with Marnie Ogg
    S01E11 - Ancient Egyptian Night Skies
    Brenan Dew PhD Candidate
    Each year the Macquarie Theban Tombs Project undertakes six weeks of Archaeological fieldwork, excavating and systematically recording private tombs at Dra Abu el-Naga, on the west bank of the Nile in Luxor, Egypt. As a guide at Sydney Observatory, he has shared the southern night skies with hundreds of guests. Join Brenan, as he describes the ways his love of archaeology and astronomy cross over, and what this informs us about the ancient night sky.


    Marnie Ogg is talking to some of the brightest minds in their field, about the topic of light pollution and ways to protect our night skies.


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    • 38 min
    Ireland’s Mayo Dark Sky Park

    Ireland’s Mayo Dark Sky Park

    Join Marnie as she chats with Dan O’Donoghue (magician and storyteller extraordinaire) and Georgia MacMillan (Dark Sky Ranger)...two of the guides behind Terra Firma - Hiking, Stargazing & Cultural Tours of Ireland

    For more on Dan & Georgia and Terra Firma : https://www.terrafirmaireland.com/guides
    For more on the Mayo Dark Sky Park: http://www.mayodarkskypark.ie

    Marnie Ogg is talking to some of the brightest minds in their field, about the topic of light pollution and ways to protect our night skies.
    Website: https://www.darkskytraveller.com.au/podcast and www.bitesz.com/darkskyconversations
    Email Marnie at podcast@darkskytraveller.com.au
    Subscribe, rate and review at Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify or any good podcast app.

    #astronomy #science #light #lightpollution #darkskies #darksky
     
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    • 37 min

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