2017 Student Research Conference:
30th Annual Student Research Conference

Measuring Light Pollution Using Light Sensors


Eric D. Hilker* and Jordan N. Goins
Dr. Vayujeet Gokhale and Prof. David Caples (MACC), Faculty Mentors

In this talk we discuss effects of light pollution through quantitative measurements made using light sensors. Poorly designed light fixtures can lead to wasted electricity, increased carbon emissions, and can negatively impact human and animal behavior. We began our research by measuring light pollution in three different areas around Kirksville (rural, semi-rural, and city). We also measured light pollution in Flagstaff, Arizona at the Lowell Observatory (semi-rural).  We quantify the amount of light pollution based on the geographic location and as a function of direction. Additionally, we are helping create awareness within the Kirksville community using the collected data.

Keywords: Light Pollution, Light Sensors, Environment

Topic(s):Astronomy
Physics
Environmental Studies

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 306-4
Location: MG 2050
Time: 1:45

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