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David Fuller, Sunday, 4-8-12 April 9, 2012

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David Fuller, Sunday, 4-8-12

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/1747-BWB-2012-04-08.mp3

Guest:  David Fuller.  Topics:  Dark Skies, light pollution, telescopes, astronomy.  You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog, https://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming. Transcripts of Space Show programs are not permitted without prior written consent from The Space Show (even if for personal use) & are a violation of the Space Show copyright. We welcomed David Fuller to the program.  Please follow along with us on his website, www.eyesonthesky.com.  Our program started off with David talking with us about his interest in astronomy and light pollution issues, followed by the founding of his website Eyes On The Sky, and the weekly educational videos he makes regarding astronomical events.  We talked about his videos which can also be found on YouTube, the purpose of them as well as the themes for this form of astronomy education.  Later during this segment, listeners told us how they at least partially combated light pollution in their area using UV camera filters for their SLR cameras with telephoto lenses.  We also talked about his blog and his current article dealing with the Mayan calendar issue due to take place later this year.  David also told us about his networking through Facebook and the photographic website, Pinterest.  To find links to these Eye On The Sky networking pages, scroll down on the home page as they are all listed.  In the second segment, David explained more about the site Pinterest which he said was still in beta format but when you go to his Pinterest page, you will see his invitation for all to join and participate.  In this longer second segment, we talked about international dark skies efforts and starting a local chapter.  Our topics then switched to astronomy outreach, Tim called in with technical telescope questions which led to me asking about a Dobsonian telescope.  Listeners asked about Hollywood and the night sky, taking liberty to change the sky around without regard to reality at the time of the event depicted in the movie, or more likely, to simply be ignorant of night sky issues.  The movie Titanic was brought up as an example.  Another listener asked our guest about any relationship between astrology and astronomy.  We talked about NASA budget cuts for planetary exploration and other science missions.  As our program was ending, we zeroed in on more issues regarding light pollution, not just for space and stargazing, but for overall health issues as well.  Please post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog URL above.  you can email our guest at dave@eyesonthesky.com.

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