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56
backers
€ 2 480
pledged over € 12 000 goal

This project will only be funded if at least € 12 000 is backed by 20/08/2018 Ending on : 20/08/2018

Description

CITIES AT NIGHT


The world at night doesn't look like this. Would you like to see the real picture?

Although this is an impressive map, the satellite that took the pictures to make it is color blind, so that's no how our planet looks like at night. What is more, if you try to zoom in a city, like for example Madrid, it looks blurry! Is there anything better? Yes there is!!! NASA has a database with almost half a million pictures taken by the astronauts on board the International Space Station. These pictures are colorful and have an amazing resolution (click on the picture below to see the original). This is why we want to use them to create a map of the world at night so anybody will be able to access it.


The only problem is that all these pictures are not located nor organized. Astronauts take plenty of photographs where they carefully select the frame, focus and exposure but they also set their cameras to take hundreds of pictures automatically while working on their experiments. Developing some software to organize these pictures is non-viable as computers need very complicated algorithms to recognize patterns. However, the human eye is very fast solving this kind of puzzles. That's why we are developing a game so everyone would be able to help from their computer or phone just with a click!



In addition, we would like to evolve Lost at night, the app that we have to locate the cities directly in a map into a fun and easy to use second game. We will mark the place where the ISS was located when the picture was taken. Would you be able to recognize anything both in the picture and the map or the low resolution night view?



Scientists fighting light pollution from space


Cities at Night is not only about regaining the visibility of the stars. As part as the STARS4ALL we are very concerned about light pollution and these ISS images are data that scientist have been unable to access until now. Every 1000€ this crowdfunding campaign gets we will provide a free calibrated image to 12 science projects.


So far research on light pollution effects has been done only with black and white images but this project is already allowing doctors to work with color images to study how cold and warm illumination affects human health by studying the epidemiology of some kinds of cancer.


The data will be also used to estimate the increase of energy consumption. This could be the basis for new energy efficiency studies to help our cities spend less money while using better lighting while keeping our cities safe and secure.


This project data also helps biologist to study how artificial light at night disrupts ecosystems and wildlife. Plants and animals depend on Earth’s daily cycle of light and dark rhythm to govern life-sustaining behaviors such as reproduction, nourishment, sleep and protection from predators. There is scientific evidence that suggests that artificial light at night has negative and deadly effects on many creatures including amphibians, birds, mammals, insects and plants. Picture credit: Rainer Stock

Describe your project goal

The citizen science web platform Scifabric that already helped us creating our first apps and will help us designing these games as well as setting up the whole system so it's 100% open source.


  • 3000€ will be dedicated to hosting and maintenance
  • 6000€ will be used for developing the project
  • 3000€ will be needed for UX/UI

Donate to this project, support science. Join our team and get fantastic rewards!!! Help us creating the games by contributing to this campaign. We will be sharing the amazing pictures of cities by night that people will find while playing and little by little we will create the whole World map.



Images courtesy of the Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit, NASA Johnson Space Center

56
backers
€ 2 480
pledged over € 12 000 goal

This project will only be funded if at least € 12 000 is backed by 20/08/2018 Ending on : 20/08/2018

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For € 10 or more

9 backers

THE INTERN - BE SOCIAL

Accept the challenge and join Cities at Night team. As an intern you will be quite busy, but still have time to be social, so if you chose this contribution we will thank you on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.
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For € 15 or more

4 backers

TRAINEE ENGINEER - EXCLUSIVE DIGITAL PICTURES

As a trainee engineer you will appreciate the amazing night views trough the cupula of the International Space Station. We will send you the best 16 images of the main cities around the world including New York, Paris, Tokyo, Madrid... in high resolution for you to print and use as wallpapers.

This reward also includes the social media acknowledgement!
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For € 20 or more

1 backer

TRAJECTORY MATHEMATICIAN - GET A CERTIFICATE OF COLLABORATION

Everyone's safety on this mission depends on you. Your calculations will keep the astronauts safe while the spacecraft describes an extreme accurate orbit around the Earth. Cities at Night and Stars4all European project will certificate your support.
This reward also includes the social media acknowledgement and the digital pictures download!
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For € 25 or more

10 backers

ROCKET SCIENTIST - THE MOST UNIQUE POSTCARD

This is not rocket science... oh, wait. It's time to check your physical mail because you are just about to receive a postcard like you've never had before, featuring a picture of your choice from our catalogue. How cool will your fridge look when you hang on it the night view of your very own city as seen from space?
This reward also includes the social media acknowledgement, the digital pictures download and the certificate of collaboration
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For € 30 or more

12 backers

AEROSPACE ENGINEER - MUG

As an aerospace engineer you will likely need a considerable amount of coffee - to be sharp on your morning tasks - and tea - to warm you up during late night calculations. It's not as easy job, but having your own STAR4ALL mug will make it much more enjoyable. Don't you think?
This reward also includes the social media acknowledgement, the digital pictures download and the certificate of collaboration!
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For € 50 or more

12 backers

SCIENCE OFFICER - POSTER

They say that, if the last thought you have when you fall asleep is the same as the first one when you wake up , then you are most definitely in love... How romantic!
And what else could you be in love with when you're a Science Officer in the Cities at Night project? THE SKY, OF COURSE!
That's why we're rewarding you with a high quality image poster of your choice from our catalogue: hang on your bedroom wall and let it inspire your sweetest dreams. (24 x 18 inch)

This reward also includes the social media acknowledgement, the digital pictures download and the certificate of collaboration!
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For € 100 or more

2 backers

ASTRONAUT - T-SHIRT

The view from outer space is stunning and coming back to Earth is not always easy for astronauts. We truly appreciate your contribution to our mission, and we want you to feel as little "space sick" as possible, once you're back on our planet.
Here's a little souvenir from your days in the space: rock the official Cities at Night T-shirt and make sure that everyone is aware of the great job you've done.
Sizes available (S, M, L, XL)

This reward also includes the social media acknowledgement, the digital pictures download and the certificate of collaboration!
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For € 200 or more

1 backer

MISSION COORDINATOR - SPONSOR A PICTURE

Coordinating all activities in a mission is a dirty job, but you know someone's got to do it - and you did it wonderfully! We want to thank you for your great effort and for being a great leader, so you will become the Official Sponsor of one of our pictures.
That means that your logo will appear when clicking on a picture of your choice on the catalogue and the map, and everyone will know who's to thank for the overall outcome of the mission.

This reward also includes the social media acknowledgement, the digital pictures download and the certificate of collaboration!
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For € 500 or more

0 backer

SHUTTLE COMMANDER - OFFICIAL PROJECT SPONSOR

The highest rank of this mission is yours to take! Our gratitude goes beyond words, so we thought to put it in... images.
You've earned a spot as Official Supporter of the project: your logo will be featured on our web page citiesatnight.org, and your name will be cited as official sponsor in the acknowledgments of each article published within the scope of our project!

This reward also includes the social media acknowledgement, the digital pictures download and the certificate of collaboration!
5 backers didn't choose a reward.

Thanks to Backers


Description

CITIES AT NIGHT


The world at night doesn't look like this. Would you like to see the real picture?

Although this is an impressive map, the satellite that took the pictures to make it is color blind, so that's no how our planet looks like at night. What is more, if you try to zoom in a city, like for example Madrid, it looks blurry! Is there anything better? Yes there is!!! NASA has a database with almost half a million pictures taken by the astronauts on board the International Space Station. These pictures are colorful and have an amazing resolution (click on the picture below to see the original). This is why we want to use them to create a map of the world at night so anybody will be able to access it.


The only problem is that all these pictures are not located nor organized. Astronauts take plenty of photographs where they carefully select the frame, focus and exposure but they also set their cameras to take hundreds of pictures automatically while working on their experiments. Developing some software to organize these pictures is non-viable as computers need very complicated algorithms to recognize patterns. However, the human eye is very fast solving this kind of puzzles. That's why we are developing a game so everyone would be able to help from their computer or phone just with a click!



In addition, we would like to evolve Lost at night, the app that we have to locate the cities directly in a map into a fun and easy to use second game. We will mark the place where the ISS was located when the picture was taken. Would you be able to recognize anything both in the picture and the map or the low resolution night view?



Scientists fighting light pollution from space


Cities at Night is not only about regaining the visibility of the stars. As part as the STARS4ALL we are very concerned about light pollution and these ISS images are data that scientist have been unable to access until now. Every 1000€ this crowdfunding campaign gets we will provide a free calibrated image to 12 science projects.


So far research on light pollution effects has been done only with black and white images but this project is already allowing doctors to work with color images to study how cold and warm illumination affects human health by studying the epidemiology of some kinds of cancer.


The data will be also used to estimate the increase of energy consumption. This could be the basis for new energy efficiency studies to help our cities spend less money while using better lighting while keeping our cities safe and secure.


This project data also helps biologist to study how artificial light at night disrupts ecosystems and wildlife. Plants and animals depend on Earth’s daily cycle of light and dark rhythm to govern life-sustaining behaviors such as reproduction, nourishment, sleep and protection from predators. There is scientific evidence that suggests that artificial light at night has negative and deadly effects on many creatures including amphibians, birds, mammals, insects and plants. Picture credit: Rainer Stock

Describe your project goal

The citizen science web platform Scifabric that already helped us creating our first apps and will help us designing these games as well as setting up the whole system so it's 100% open source.


  • 3000€ will be dedicated to hosting and maintenance
  • 6000€ will be used for developing the project
  • 3000€ will be needed for UX/UI

Donate to this project, support science. Join our team and get fantastic rewards!!! Help us creating the games by contributing to this campaign. We will be sharing the amazing pictures of cities by night that people will find while playing and little by little we will create the whole World map.



Images courtesy of the Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit, NASA Johnson Space Center

56
backers
€ 2 480
pledged over € 12 000 goal

This project will only be funded if at least € 12 000 is backed by 20/08/2018 Ending on : 20/08/2018

Hy6tfpuqooutxtobgm2g
For € 10 or more

9 backers

THE INTERN - BE SOCIAL

Accept the challenge and join Cities at Night team. As an intern you will be quite busy, but still have time to be social, so if you chose this contribution we will thank you on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.
Fyzmh8qtmvugyqtdvxc7
For € 15 or more

4 backers

TRAINEE ENGINEER - EXCLUSIVE DIGITAL PICTURES

As a trainee engineer you will appreciate the amazing night views trough the cupula of the International Space Station. We will send you the best 16 images of the main cities around the world including New York, Paris, Tokyo, Madrid... in high resolution for you to print and use as wallpapers.

This reward also includes the social media acknowledgement!
Ooij2ldszxgoi18p4hma
For € 20 or more

1 backer

TRAJECTORY MATHEMATICIAN - GET A CERTIFICATE OF COLLABORATION

Everyone's safety on this mission depends on you. Your calculations will keep the astronauts safe while the spacecraft describes an extreme accurate orbit around the Earth. Cities at Night and Stars4all European project will certificate your support.
This reward also includes the social media acknowledgement and the digital pictures download!
B8zxxmpjsnfuowg8dg8o
For € 25 or more

10 backers

ROCKET SCIENTIST - THE MOST UNIQUE POSTCARD

This is not rocket science... oh, wait. It's time to check your physical mail because you are just about to receive a postcard like you've never had before, featuring a picture of your choice from our catalogue. How cool will your fridge look when you hang on it the night view of your very own city as seen from space?
This reward also includes the social media acknowledgement, the digital pictures download and the certificate of collaboration
Lkpn97nhekkxxg7a3v1v
For € 30 or more

12 backers

AEROSPACE ENGINEER - MUG

As an aerospace engineer you will likely need a considerable amount of coffee - to be sharp on your morning tasks - and tea - to warm you up during late night calculations. It's not as easy job, but having your own STAR4ALL mug will make it much more enjoyable. Don't you think?
This reward also includes the social media acknowledgement, the digital pictures download and the certificate of collaboration!
Cneta8hpbbnhemgv80bi
For € 50 or more

12 backers

SCIENCE OFFICER - POSTER

They say that, if the last thought you have when you fall asleep is the same as the first one when you wake up , then you are most definitely in love... How romantic!
And what else could you be in love with when you're a Science Officer in the Cities at Night project? THE SKY, OF COURSE!
That's why we're rewarding you with a high quality image poster of your choice from our catalogue: hang on your bedroom wall and let it inspire your sweetest dreams. (24 x 18 inch)

This reward also includes the social media acknowledgement, the digital pictures download and the certificate of collaboration!
Otsyexeymzijjcyulvxb
For € 100 or more

2 backers

ASTRONAUT - T-SHIRT

The view from outer space is stunning and coming back to Earth is not always easy for astronauts. We truly appreciate your contribution to our mission, and we want you to feel as little "space sick" as possible, once you're back on our planet.
Here's a little souvenir from your days in the space: rock the official Cities at Night T-shirt and make sure that everyone is aware of the great job you've done.
Sizes available (S, M, L, XL)

This reward also includes the social media acknowledgement, the digital pictures download and the certificate of collaboration!
Tg92qrpeiwgwbf4jfhh2
For € 200 or more

1 backer

MISSION COORDINATOR - SPONSOR A PICTURE

Coordinating all activities in a mission is a dirty job, but you know someone's got to do it - and you did it wonderfully! We want to thank you for your great effort and for being a great leader, so you will become the Official Sponsor of one of our pictures.
That means that your logo will appear when clicking on a picture of your choice on the catalogue and the map, and everyone will know who's to thank for the overall outcome of the mission.

This reward also includes the social media acknowledgement, the digital pictures download and the certificate of collaboration!
E4vlrda86oiskbt7flnw
For € 500 or more

0 backer

SHUTTLE COMMANDER - OFFICIAL PROJECT SPONSOR

The highest rank of this mission is yours to take! Our gratitude goes beyond words, so we thought to put it in... images.
You've earned a spot as Official Supporter of the project: your logo will be featured on our web page citiesatnight.org, and your name will be cited as official sponsor in the acknowledgments of each article published within the scope of our project!

This reward also includes the social media acknowledgement, the digital pictures download and the certificate of collaboration!
5 backers didn't choose a reward.

Thanks to Backers