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CAS Member Meeting - October


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Kevin Govender, Cape Town. "ASTRONOMY FOR HUMANKIND"
Began work at the International Astronomical Union’s Office of Astronomy for Development (OAD) in Cape Town, South ASfrica in March 2011 as its first Director. He has extensive experience using astronomy for development during his previous position as the Manager of the Collateral Benefits Programme at the South African Astronomical Observatory. He also chairedthe Developing Astronomy Globally Cornerstone Project of the International Year of Astronomy (IYA2009) and was involved in the development of the IAU Strategic Plan.
Here we have the Earth. What a place! The consolidated image of everything that we know as life – the trees, plants, insects, ocean life, pets, friends, family – human beings. The whole of humankind exists only here – on Earth. This place that Carl Sagan described as the “pale blue dot” along with an excellent description of this planet we all know so well. This planet is the place where humankind has evolved, adapted, and flourished. To the point where we are pushing the planet to the absolute limits of what it can provide us.


Is IAU International Outreach Coordinator heading the International Astronomical union’s Office for Astronomy Outreach in Tokyo. He is a Chinese citizen fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese and English, and his job is to coordinate and provide support to the worldwide astronomical communities, to help them to make astronomy accessible to a wider public. He was originally from Hong Kong and he organized a light off event at Hong Kong during 2009.

Light pollution is a global issue and the situation is becoming worse by the rapid use of LEDs. LEDs were designed to be an energy-efficient lighting device that could minimize the energy impact for the planet, however, LED is rich in blue color and is quite harmful for astronomy, health and the nature. The speaker will also talk about different dark sky actions that could be act on, including his own example in the heavily light polluted city - Hong Kong.



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   2 of 2 members found this review helpful 2 / 2 members

I like the way the pages are all set out, great illustrations. Easy to follow, with upcoming events. Well done Webmaster, and thank you.


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   1 of 1 member found this review helpful 1 / 1 member

I attended Sze-leung's talk yesterday morning and it was fantastic! It was very informative as to what sort of outdoor lighting our district councils should be using among other things. I was unable to listen to Kevin's talk as I had to go and help set up at the observatory ready for the public viewing but I heard a lot of people talking about it and I was so glad we were hosting him and Sze-leung this Tuesday.

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