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Nuovo Orione #300 (May 2017): Let’s measure the darkness of the night with BuioMetria Partecipativa

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.

Le Stelle, no. 163: Where are we at with the sky?

The new issue of “Le Stelle”, one of the two main Italian magazines about astronomy and related topics is available.

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.



Radio interview for Macondo on BuioMetria Partecipativa and night sky quality (July 30, 2015)

This is an interview for Radio Popolare Milano made in preparation for the BuioMetria Partecipativa outreach event on July, 30, 2015 in Milano.

The talk recalls ideas on participatory open mapping, emerging issues with high color temperature LEDs, tasting tasty products from Southern Tuscany, and other stories related to night sky quality.

Credit: image number ISS041-E-90188; Italy at night, panorama. ISS Crew Earth Observations Facility and the Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit, NASA Johnson Space Center; The image was also used in the May 2015 issue of “Philosophical Transactions B” on the effects of artificial light at night in ecology.

Listen to the audio (in Italian, 24.7 Mb)

Thanks again to Macondo for hosting us!

A report about the radio show talking about “m(‘)appare” /mapp(‘ere)ing

For all of the Italian audience, please check out the podcast.

The radio show was proposed to (1) launch the lecture scheduled for the afternoon of the same day at the Institute of Hydraulics at Politecnico di Milano, Italy, and (2) do some live tasting of genuine products from Southern Tuscany.

If you are in a hurry, please skip to minute 10, as the first part of the show was about something else. After that, you have 22 minutes of finely crafted pibinko-style improvisation, hosted by two friends.

I would like to stress that it’s really hard to take pictures in a radio show without a wide-angle camera

For Disma and Ale (kudos!!!), the guys running the show, I would like to point out two typos in the description of the podcast in the Maramao web site:

  • we were talking about “buoimetria” (i.e. night sky monitoring) and not “buoimetria” (oxen monitoring). We do have some livestock in Souther Tuscany, but we aren’t into participatory monitoring of that…yet…
  • when we say mappare, we use an apostrophe and some parentheses…m(‘)appare is different from mappare, just like dont is different from don’t







Below you can see the selection of “cose bòne” (good stuff) brought by pibinko from Southern Tuscany. For these we must thank:

  • Aunt Eda (laurel berry liquor)
  • Aunt Anna (lavender from Certopiano and White Stivalaccio)
  • Loriano Bartoli of the Bartoli farm (vermentino wine, strawberry and apricto juices, various vegetables in oil, marmalades, jams, and sauces)
  • Daniele Francioli from Le Tofane organic farm (pecorino S. Rabano)
  • La Casa del Chiodo, run by Paola Bartalucci & daughters (deer in oil and jam with chili pepper, to be paired with pecorino cheese)
  • pibinko for freshly picked cherries
  • the people of Sardinia (represented in the show by the Arbus knife used to slice bread and various products, and by a bottle of Cannonau wine bought in Follonica before leaving)

Why Sardinia is part of a radio show focused on Souther Tuscany is explained in the last segment of the podcast.