A Light Pollution Laboratory Exercise for Introductory
Raymond D. Benge, Jr.
Richland College, 12800 Abrams Road, Dallas, Texas 75243
Present address: Tarrant County College, Northeast Campus, 828 Harwood Road,
Hurst, TX 76054
Richland College, 12800 Abrams Road, Dallas, TX 75243
Light pollution is a problem for many professional and amateur
astronomers. Although simple measures can be taken to provide light at night without
polluting the sky, many are uneducated about lighting options. The laboratory
exercise presented here covers the principal issues involved in light pollution. In
addition to learning about light pollution, students learn about the nature of light
emission from both terrestrial and celestial objects.
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