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Stellar Tuesday – May 14, 2013.
As previously mentioned the weather here in Summit County, Colorado has been overcast, gray, and snowy for nearly 10 weeks so I was ecstatic to get out and shoot on such a clear night a few days back. In this image we see the Summer Milky Way rising over the Williams Fork Range in the Central Rocky Mountains of Colorado. The lights in the background are coming from nearby mountain towns as well as a soft glow from the city of Denver.
The Reds and Greens are what is known as Airglow. Basically, oxygen particles becomes ionized or excited during the day by sunlight. When they try to return to their normal state, they release visible light and microwaves. This is very similar to the way a glow-in-the-dark sticker works. The Green is about 50 miles high in the atmosphere and the Red is higher. For more on: Airglow.
Other news: Breckenridge Theatre Art Gallery show is in the making full swing and its going to cost me a small fortune so I have added a coupon code: BTAG for any order off shop.danielmcvey.com to save 15%. By purchasing now you can help me finance this project. Your order is much appreciated. Thank You.
Stellar Tuesday Astro Image: (Early) Spring Time in the Rockies: Winter Constellations in the West shortly after sunset as the snow recedes from the valley floor.
I am sure by now you are aware that I have been working with International Dark-Sky Association to bring you Dark Sky week from April 5 – 11 but did you know the entire month of April is Global Astronomy Month? I was fortunate enough to have a small contribution of photographer by pairing up with writer Larry Sessions of North American Skies to bring you the article Globe at Night and Online Classes for Astronomers without Borders. Check the article to see “Wildernest Reflection”.
: My Harvest Moon 2012 photo is currently in Issue #26 in the Inspirations section of the Magazine and it provided me with the gift of a brand new camera bag. This is amazing cause I have been putting off getting a new bag for months now. Thank You Landscape Photography Magazine and Fstopgear.Com
The Website has been updated not only with the new ecommerce page: Shop.DanielMcVey.Com
but also with the Gore Range Monochrome Series slideshow. Please take a minute and check the slideshow out which includes sepia toned photos of Summit County’s Gore Range thoughout the year day and night. I ran the series on Facebook and was met with a lot of positive remarks so I brought in slideshow fashion to the webpage.
Don’t forget that April 5 is First Friday at the Denver Photo Art Gallery.
Stellar Tuesday 3/26/13
Summit County, Colorado: The Dark River of the Milky Way, complete with Airglow, flows into the White River National Forest. I was editing old photos from last year over the weekend when I stumbled across this Panoramic that I shot but never stitched. If this photo looks somewhat familiar its because it was shot in the same series as the “Great Rift of the Milky Way” last Autumn. This Milky Way series could easily be identified by the distinct Airglow signature.
What is Airglow? When Oxygen particles high in our atmosphere interact with sunlight they become excited or ionized during the day. At night, as the particles return to their normal state, they release visible light and microwaves. The Green Glow is produced by Oxygen atoms about 60 miles high in the atmosphere. The Red Glow is from Oxygen atoms higher than 60 miles in the atmosphere. The effect is likened to placing a glow-in-the-dark sticker under a lamp for several minutes then turning the lamp off to witness the glow from the sticker. Read more about Airglow.
Airglow is a signature of a Dark Sky. As previously mentioned, I will be working with the International Dark-Sky Association to bring you IDS Week April 5 – 12, 2013. Watch Losing the Dark now as a Prelude to #IDS Week to learn more about the effects of light pollution and some simple ways to use light responsibly. Click for the International Dark-Sky Association Public Service Message and Donation Page.
Announcing the IDA Fundraiser. A 24 x 30 Canvas at cost plust a $40 Donation in the Buyers name to International Dark Sky Association now through April 11:
Reminder that First Friday is April 5. Once again I will be down at the Denver Photo Art Gallery in the Santa Fe Art District – at 833 Santa Fe Dr hosting my space and answering questions from 6pm – 9pm. Hope to see you there!
Finally, I have been sinking countless hours into creating a “NEW” Shopping Experience to the site. Im hoping this should launch sometime this week, hopefully before Sunday.
I am proud to announce that Colorado Landscape and Astrophotographer, Daniel McVey will be joining forces with International Dark-Sky to bring you International Dark Sky Week from April 5 – 11 2013
Light Pollution in General
From the International Dark-Sky Association
When was the last time you saw a truly star-filled sky? Seeing the Milky Way is no longer common, but bringing it back is much simpler than you might have thought and doing so provides much more than just a pretty view.
Excessive and poorly directed lights are a tremendous waste of energy. 2.2 billion dollars are wasted annually from USA streetlights alone. Deep shadows, caused by overly bright lights, hide pedestrians from drivers and culprits from potential victims. Hatchling sea turtles are confused and drawn into cities rather than the ocean. Birds fly into buildings and are lost in the bright, city lights. In the future children may think of fireflies as nothing more than a myth, as the loss of night takes its toll. Humans are even affected when the day-to-night flow is disrupted, increasing the danger of developing sleep disorders, cancer and many other health problems from obesity to depression. But there are simple solutions; use lower wattage bulbs, motion sensors and timers, and cover bulbs so light only goes down where it is needed. These are all easy things that can be done not just during International Dark Sky Week (April 5-11), but, all year long.
Learn more about IDSWeek and the impacts that light pollution, the artificial brightening of the night sky, has on safety, wildlife, energy waste, human health, and more at www.darksky.org.
Statement from Daniel McVey
Even here in Summit County, Colorado 70 miles West of Denver in the Central Rocky Mountains, light pollution is excessive. When I first started doing Night Photography I was constantly trying new places to take photos where the glow from a nearby town or city could not be seen and I found it to be nearly impossible. Eventually I found the darkest sky that I would come to know locally. It was a great spot with dramatic peaks and gorgeous old growth trees.
I was privileged to know this spot as it was and I took some of my all time favorite photographs from this point. Recently I went back to my spot for a meteor shower knowing I would get pristine images and to my alarm and amazement the valley was flooded with light. A large mining operation that had slowed its production was once again on the move and working around the clock. Now I am not singling this operation out as there are thousands of reasons why our night sky has been compromised, this was just the last spot I knew with truly dark skies.
There are many easy things we can do to lessen our light pollution such as turning unused lights off, using appropriate wattage bulbs, downward pointing lights, special light fixtures, motion activated lights, and more. Taking care of our own homes is just the start, I think most of the country can say the same that we need to get business involved if we are going to make a major difference. Maybe a solution can be developed for “stadium” lit empty parking lots, excessive lighting on closed businesses, better downward pointing lights on the freeway etc… The Sky is the limit.
More ideas of what you can do to get involved: www.darksky.org/idsw