Third International Starlight Conference, 11 12 13 June 2012, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand

11 12 13 June 2012, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand

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Paper Abstracts

Invited Speakers and Titles

Reginald R. Wilson FIES, Principal - Lighting Analysis & Design, IDA Asia Pacific Liaison Officer


Practically Achieving Dark Sky Protection Planning Requirements

Michel Cotte


Emeritus Professor of the History of Technology at the University of Nantes, France, The implementation of the World Heritage Convention in the field of astronomical Heritage; context and constraints

Clive Ruggles

University of Leicester, UK. Member of the ICOMOS-IAU The recognition of ‘outstanding universal value’ in relation to astronomy at dark-sky sites 

Cipriano Marin Coordinator of the Starlight Initiative,The Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC). Starlight initiative building the covenant for night sky defence

Alec Boksenberg CBE, FRS, Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge, UK. Formerly Chair of UK National Commission for UNESCO and former Director Royal Greenwich Observatory and Royal Observatory Edinburgh.

The Nature and Information Content of Light from an Astronomical Viewpoint
Steve Owens Head of IDA Dark Sky Places Development Committee Developing astronomy tourism in dark sky places

Sergei Gulyaev Professor of Astronomy and Director of the Institute for Radio Astronomy and Space Research (IRSR), Auckland University of Technology


The Radio Sky and the right to observe it
Steve Butler Chair of Dark Skies Group, Royal Astronomical Society of New Zealand The Dark Side of New Zealand's Environmental Management

John Drummond Astronomer and Astrophotographer at the Possum Observatory, Gisborne, New Zealand

Cosmic Colours Above Your Head!
Alastair Morrison Director-General of the NZ Department of Conservation

Out of Sight, Out of Mind

Ken McAnergney expert on lower South Island Maori history, culture and astro-navigation, Waitaha iwi.


The Realm of Ranginui

Fraser Gunn Astrophotographer

Night Sky Time Lapse Animations


Graeme Murray Managing Director of Earth and Sky Ltd

Lake Tekapo and the Mt John Observatory - an International Window to the Universe

David Welch Chair of the IUCN Dark Skies Advisory group, Ottawa, Canada

Dark sky protection - a new dimension for protected areas
Steve Muir Lighting Design Manager at Connetics Ltd Latest Developments in Public Amenity and Road Lighting in New Zealand

Contributed Oral Speakers

Julie Abbari

University of Canterbury

Starlight and the Law

Marea Atkinson

School of Art, Architecture and Design,
University of South Australia
The Chiaroscuro of Starlight
Margaret Austin Chair of The Aoraki Mackenzie Starlight Reserve Working Party, Christchurch A Journey from the Antipodes to the Stars

Ed Budding Carter Observatory, Victoria University of Wellington Nightsky Brightness and Biospheric Stability

Phil Brownie

General Manager, Mackenzie Tourism and Development Trust An overview of tourism in the Mackenzie District
Phil Cameron Space Travel Law Assoc. (STELA), Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade, School of Law (SIFT) Laws of Glocalization and Starlight - Reducing the glow of industrialization through International law, regional agreements, State based laws, and local ordinances

Michael Chapman Sydney Outdoor Lighting Improvement Society (SOLIS), Sydney, Australia

By the Light of Sydney Bright
Grant Christie Stardome Observatory Astronomical Research from a Large Urban Centre
Alan Gilmore Superintendent, Mt John University Observatory, University of Canterbury
A history of Lake Tekapo lighting

Freidl Hale

Tekapo Starlight, Lake Tekapo, NZ You Are Here: Promotion of a Cosmic Perspective

Pauline Harris Victoria University and the Society of Māori Astronomy, Research and Traditions Revitalising Māori Astronomy and inspiring our next generations: Māori Astronomy, Modern Astrophysics, and Bridging the Divide

John Hearnshaw Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, University of Canterbury

So why do we need a Starlight Reserve?
Alison Loveridge University of Canterbury Dark Sky over a bright landscape: A Starlight Reserve for the Mackenzie Basin

Hide Ozawa Earth and Sky Ltd, Lake Tekapo, NZ A Stargazing Guide

Bob Parks Executive Director, International Dark-Sky Assoc., Washington DC, USA

The Future of Dark Sky Protection
Friedel Pas European liaison officer International Dark-Sky Assoc. president of Preventie Lichthinder vzw, Hever, Beligum

Outreach and tourism of a Dark Sky reserve need to be more than just astronomy related
Karen Pollard Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, University of Canterbury Research at the University of Canterbury's Mt John Observatory

Malcolm G. Smith Cerro Tololo Interamerican Observatory, Chile Attempting to Control Light Pollution in Northern Chile

William Tobin Vannes, France The Transit of Venus as a Muse

Antonia M. Varela

Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias

Ensuring the excellence of Starlight Destinations: astronomical requirements for astro-tourist activities

Richard Wainscoat University of Hawaii, Institute of Astronomy, Hawaii, USA Protection of Mauna Kea Observatory from light pollution

Günther Wuchterl

Thüringer Landessternwarte, Tautenburg, Germany;  Kuffner-Sternwarte, Vienna, Austria.

In search of the perfect sky - towards a cultural and astronomical quantification


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