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ISSUE 13 - April 2013

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Astronomy Week in Madeira, Portugal (pages 09 - 11)
Pedro Augusto, Ilídio Andrade

Key Words
IYA2009, Dark Skies, Light Pollution


We have implemented Dark Sky Awareness — one of the Cornerstone projects of the International Year of Astronomy 2009 — in Madeira with an initiative called O céu estrelado existe! (The Starry Sky Exists!). Eight of the 11 municipalities in the region took part (260 000 inhabitants), with 356 people attending the events. Six talks were given and eight organised blackouts covered a total area of 112 km2 (14% of Madeira’s land area).

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