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April 2023 updates for Mr. Senson

Published: April 20, 2023

This is what I have been up to the last few weeks... this is a "Dark Sky Week' as declared by mayoral (and county executive) proclamation.

So I have Dane County itself along with the cities of Madison, Sun Prairie, Middleton, Verona and Fitchburg all proclaimed for this week... Just finished up a "Dying of the Light - We Hope!" custom planetarium program all about light pollution and had the news present. And made up a Dark Skies Bingo!   (modified from an IDA version from years ago)
Thought you might like this project I am starting as well...   Dane Skies Project...  just gave a talk at the Madison Astronomical Society meeting last Friday on this... the intention is to do high res, high frequency sky quality data collecting so so to create a very high density (highest on the planet??) map of Dane County both as a baseline and then as the sky quality evolves so as to support the future application by Madison, WI for Dark-Sky Community recognition from the IDA. 
Also, NITARP was the best professional development I have been fortunate enough to experience, by FAR! Part of that experience was getting to experience the AAS meetings and thus see how the real-world researchers collaborate and communicate with each other.  It was fascinating and enriching.  As a result of those conferences I joined the AAS as a member. I began to receive the regular postings.  In this last year it was dawned on me, in a way that is very similar to what happened during the NITARP research experience, that I am one of "those" people.  NITARP allowed me to discover my inner researcher and now the AAS Education blog is liberating me to share the gems that I have developed for my students.  This is my guest post for the AAS Education blog: https://aas.org/posts/news/2023/04/drawing-history

The application period is now closed for NITARP 2024. We will release our selection for the 2024 class at the 2024 January AAS.