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Jan. 14, 2018: RAI 3 Kilimangiaro…the quest for dark skies in the Farma Valley

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.

See the video by clicking here



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.