by Renzo Rosso
Kilimangiaro is a long-running Sunday afternoon show about travel. In its section on “the landscape hunter” on Jan 14, 2018, it had a story on “the quest for dark skies” centered on the Farma Valley, Southern Tuscany.
The itinerary starts of from the San Galgano Abbey…in fact, this is not in the Farma Valley, but is the most visited site in the area, and you will see how travelling just a few kilometers from here you can reach an almost unknown location, with medieval sites, stunning landscapes and more features. The report was in fact triggered by the BuioMetria Partecipativa project being originated from this lesser know part of Tuscany, and catching the attention of the authors.
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…and more interesting insights:
Thanks to Luciano Massetti/CNR IBIMET
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Three pages written just after the September 2016 Artificial Light at Night conference for Nuovo Orione, one of the two reference magazines for amateur astronomers. The article was eventually published just in May, and some of the presented issues have been developed, but the article still has its points of interest.
This article makes a good pair with the other one I published on “the January issue of Le Stelle”. The latter was actually written after the article published in May, and it approaches the issue of light pollution from a slightly different angle.
If you regularly follow the blog posts and the announcements from the BuioMetria Partecipativa project, you will not find breaking news in the article. However, it is an interesting summary of our activities, plus you might be enticed by some of the other topics proposed by the magazine..
Below is the abstract of the article, translated from the magazine’s website :
BuioMetria Partecipativa: environmental monitoring going from Southern Tuscany to Europe and back. The results of the “Loss of the Night” European Project, conducted by common citizens over four years.
Last October the “Loss of the Night” European project was concluded. It was funded by the COST programme of the European Commission, and had started in Fall 2012. The article proposes a summary of the results of the project, with a specific angle on aspects concerning Italy. The scientific community has been acknowledging for years the fact that artificial light at night, if used in excess or inappropriately, will create light pollution and will represent a problem for its effects on human health, fauna, flora, landscape (also the starry sky is part of the landscape) and energy consumption.
This is an article for a webzine called “Territorial Marketing”:
Michele Cati an astrophotographer, participating since last year in the BuioMetria Partecipativa project, published an article in the February issue of “Tutti fotografi” with some of his night sky shots.
For Italian-speaking folks: here is the radio interview: (MP3, 7 Mb).
In the photo, some of the “gang” (players and not) following the interview live, just after the show at Bar Vineria La Combriccola. Andrea Bartolini is the first on the left.
Thanks again to Macondo/Radio Popolare Milano and to Disma Pestalozza for hosting us.