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The NZ Dark Sky Handbook


by John Hearnshaw
Emeritus Professor of Astronomy at the University of Canterbury

The New Zealand Dark Sky Handbook is a comprehensive manual for all those who are interested in the fast growing topic of dark skies protection and the abatement of artificial light at night.

The book covers the following topics:

  • Why protect dark skies?
  • Properties of light and good lighting practices
  • Measuring light
  • The eye and human vision
  • Lighting ordinances and dark sky organizations
  • Dark sky places in New Zealand
  • Island dark sky places in the world
  • Astro-tourism and stargazing

The NZ Dark Sky Handbook is richly illustrated, with many figures in full colour, numerous tables of useful information, and explanations of complex topics in light measurement, physics, astronomy and lighting technology.

This is a highly multi-disciplinary subject. It calls on physics, astronomy, photometry, lighting technology, aesthetics, tourism, legal matters, human physiology, endocrinology, ecology, astrophotography, public outreach, geography, education and economics.

The NZ Dark Sky Handbook fills 230 A4 pages.