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Faint stars seen during earth hour

delhi Updated: Mar 28, 2010 19:15 IST
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As the country observed earth hour, Delhiites got a rare chance to see some faint stars in the night sky theatre as light pollution dipped in the national capital marginally.

A special Great Indian Star Count was organised by Space Popularisation Association of Communicators and Educators (SPACE), an NGO, on the eve.

The programme was aimed to promote a sense of how much more we can see in the night skies at a time when the ambient light pollution around us gets distinctly reduced, Director, SPACE, CB Devgun told PTI.

This project will help us in reclaiming our dark skies and see once again the celestial wonders that are no longer visible in the night skies from the cities, he said.

Project Dark Skies is an effort to bring back the charm of unpolluted star filled skies back to the present generation and make people aware of the value of pristine dark skies in observing the celestial wonders and astronomy.

SPACE has been running the 'Great Indian Star Count' (GISC) for several years as part of Project Dark Skies.

GISC is a scientific survey to quantify light pollution by counting the number of stars that can be seen in the skies.

This year, from March 2nd-17th, SPACE ran workshops and conducted a public survey at India Gate, where many students and people participated to contribute to the Great Indian star count observations.

The preliminary conclusions from collected data showed that there was a slight change in the light pollution levels in Delhi and faint stars were seen in some pockets of the capital.

The earth hour was observed yesterday for an hour between 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm when millions of Delhiites switched off lights in their houses for an hour, joining the world to call for a binding pact to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

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