Welcome to MyDarkSky
you ever seen the Milky Way? Due to the increase in light pollution one
fifth of the worlds population have lost the ability to see the Milky Way. Two
thirds of the population of the US and Europe can no longer see the Milky Way.
Most of the younger generation have never seen our view of the universe in all it’s glory
due to the orange glow that covers most of our skies. Many teenagers have
never seen anything other than the Moon. While truly dark
skies are out of reach to the majority it is possible to find areas closer
to home where you can observe and enjoy the nights sky.
Use MyDarkSky to find your dark sky
The MyDarkSky project is committed to surveying light pollution and sky quality
so you can find your dark sky. Surveys are currently carried out using a
Unihedron Sky Quality Meter. To search for dark skies sites in your
area click on SQM Map and start searching now. Because Sky Quality Meters
are limited we've also added 2 naked eye methods for surveying light pollution.
Estimating the Naked Eye Limiting Magnitude (NELM) using Ursa Minor and Counting
the stars within the constellation of Orion. Seperate Maps displaying
these results are also available on the Menu.
To purchase or to find out more information about the Sky Quality Meters please visit www.Unihedron.com.
What is light pollution?
Light pollution or skyglow is caused
as light is scattered in the atmosphere by minute particles of dust or water.
Light fittings which emit light above the horizontal are the main cause,
although light reflected from illuminated objects and poorly directed floodlights
do contribute to skyglow and spoil our view of the universe.
Anybody can use our service without having to register. But to add Data to
our site we will require you to register with us. Initially everybody will
be able to add NELM and ORION data but if you wish to add SQM data you will need
to contact us so we can enable this feature within your account. This is a
data quality feature so we can verify your ownership of a unihedron SQM device
and will be quick and painless.