December 2015- – Kromer’s project activities
- Kromer participating in GLOBE AT NIGHT
From 9th to 11th December 2015, Kromer students participated in the campaign GLOBE AT NIGHT within Erasmus+ “Reach the Sky” project.
To take part in this campaign, students had to visit its website, read the instructions and send data about light pollution level in the area, where the measurement of the visibility of chosen stars was taken. Details could be sent directly from the computer by filling in an observation questionnaire or from smartphones, using the downloaded app “Loss of the Light”, which counts the number of visible stars.
In 2015, over 120 countries participated in the campaign, sending information from 13 547 places! From Poland, measurements from 595 areas were delivered, including those made in Gorlice and the surrounding area by the participants of the Erasmus+ “Reach the Sky” project from Kromer school in Gorlice. The maps show places where the measurements were made, both globally and in Gorlice county and the light scale of the sky in those areas.
- Astronomical workshops in MOA Niepołomice
On 15th and 16th December 2015, a group of participants of “Reach the Sky” project (both students and teachers) from I LO in Gorlice took part in workshops and astronomical observations in MOA in Niepołomice (the so called “Picnic Under the Stars”).
On arrival to Niepołomice, everyone had a chance to walk around the town. Then, workshops began with Mr Janusz Nicewicz’s lecture about the history of the universe. All of the evening and late night hours were devoted to practical classes, such as moon puzzles, searching for and recognising the most important objects in the sky, learning how to operate both professional and amateur telescopes. Because of bad weather, there was no chance to carry out observations. Instead, students participated in a “Selection” competition, checking their knowledge about the Universe. The winner was Maciej Stępień from class 2a.
To take advantage of the connnection with TAD telescope in Spain on the website of the “Gloria” project, students took photos of astronomical objects. At about midnight everyone took part in a show in planetarium in Niepołomice. There was also time for toast supper made by Paulina Setlak, during which everyone could talk to the organizers of the picnic about many interesting topics connected with astronomy.
Next day was full of hard work, too- first, the lecture in the planetarium, which was devoted to the Sun and the history of astronomical observations. At the end of the picnic everyone could take and order photos of chosen objects, using MicroObservatory Robotic Telescope Network Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, and learn about interesting apps and astronomical projects useful for observations.
The atmosphere during the classes was really nice – for sure all of the participants will remember the two days of hard work.