Street Spectra

STREET SPECTRA

Street Spectra is a citizen science project to map and characterize public lighting sources. Volunteers use a low cost diffraction grating on top of their smartphones’ camera to take pictures of the street lamps and their emission spectra.

The resulting images allow street lamps classification by comparison with example pictures of well known lighting systems.

The creation of the project has been motivated by the global switch out of the older street lighting to new LEDs. The database is considered the primary output of the project. It is public and will allow scientist to study the effects of this change on technology onto light pollution.

Street Spectra joined the ACTION team as pilot initiative at the beginning of 2019. It is currently using epicollect5 as tool for gathering the information although an ad hoc mobile application is being developed to improve citizens experience.

The website https://streetspectra.actionproject.eu serves as a resource for information related to the project is and provides a useful manual for students, teachers, researchers and volunteers in both Spanish and English languages.
It also includes a gallery that gathers appealing photographs, the full database of the project, a space for schools to show their experience involving young students and a blog with a base of articles to serve as source of updates for the community.

Join Street Spectra team to fight light pollution and allow stars to awake while the rest of the world sleeps!

Contact: Jaime Zamorano, Dept. Fisica de la Tierra y Astrofisica, Universidad Complutense, Madrid

STREET SPECTRA

Street Spectra is a citizen science project to map and characterize public lighting sources. Volunteers use a low cost diffraction grating on top of their smartphones’ camera to take pictures of the street lamps and their emission spectra.

The resulting images allow street lamps classification by comparison with example pictures of well known lighting systems.

The creation of the project has been motivated by the global switch out of the older street lighting to new LEDs. The database is considered the primary output of the project. It is public and will allow scientist to study the effects of this change on technology onto light pollution.

Street Spectra joined the ActiON team as pilot initiative at the beginning of 2019. It is currently using epicollect5 as tool for gathering the information although an ad hoc mobile application is being developed to improve citizens experience.

The website https://streetspectra.actionproject.eu serves as a resource for information related to the project is and provides a useful manual for students, teachers, researchers and volunteers in both Spanish and English languages.
It also includes a gallery that gathers appealing photographs, the full database of the project, a space for schools to show their experience involving young students and a blog with a base of articles to serve as source of updates for the community.

Join Street Spectra team to fight light pollution and allow stars to awake while the rest of the world sleeps!

Contact: Jaime Zamorano, Dept. Fisica de la Tierra y Astrofisica, Universidad Complutense, Madrid

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