SkyDayProject FAQs

SkyDayProject FAQS

Who is taking part?

Individuals and responsible organizations all over the world like New End (London)/The Delaware Contemporary/Adler Planetarium/Mom's Clean Air Force/Lycee Claudel (CA)/Northwestern University/Jeddah Astronomy Society/American Montessori Society/International Planetarium Society/Lycee Francais de Chicago/Institute of Environmental Science for Social Change (Philippines)/Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society. And more are taking part everyday.

How do we take Part?

It's free.  Posting is done via twitter so you will need access to a twitter account.  (Don't have twitter?  It's free too.  Sign up for twitter here)  Want to participate as an individual?  Cool!  Click here. Got a group that wants its own gallery in the mosaic?  Awesome!  Register here

I have a class that wants its own gallery in the mosaic.  How many photos do we need to tweet?

You will want to post at least 50 or so to make your gallery look great. Did you know you can tweet 50 photos in under 10 minutes? It's easy!  Ben's tips for speed tweeting 50 SkyDayProject photos in under 5 minutes!

Are there any rules for tweeting?

We only have ONE golden rule!  Make it ALL about the sky. The SkyDayProject challenge is to find a spot where your pictures will be about the sky ONLY - nothing else.  Any hint of people, lamp posts, mountains, horizons, trees etc. will get weeded out by our filters and will not get into the artwork. (See our easy Guidelines for taking SkyDayProject Sky Photos above!

How do we view SkyDayProject and find our own gallery in it?

SkyDayProject is live an interactive.  Photos can be filtered by different sky 'states'.

Blue Skies - can offer amazing transitions of light!  Can you catch them?                                                                                

Clouds - amazing possibilities!

Transitions - Day to night.  Night to day.

Storms - Here's an art challenge. How can you convey the idea of a storm without showing its impact on objects (like trees, people, etc.)

Night time - not easy to do but can be spectacular!

All skies are welcome!  (Why wouldn't they be?)  

How do we see SkyDayProject?

SkyDayProject is available for viewing on-line here  (or skydayproject.org) 

When can I tweet my sky pictures?   Right now!  So what are you waiting for? 

How many can I tweet in?  As many as you like!  

Can my friends join in? Absolutely! The more people who take part the more beautiful and meaningful SkyDayProject will be. 

Our Organization
Artist Ben Whitehouse created SkyDay to bring people of all ages together to learn about our sky, how it functions and what it's vulnerabilities are and come together across cultures and borders in a new spirit of ecological citizenship.  He is joined in this effort by NASA astronaut and artist Nicole Stott and Northwestern University climate scientist Daniel Horton.  With the input of talented artists, scientists, parents, educators, writers, child development experts and social scientists we are building SkyDay as an interactive educational platform to offer teachers, parents and kids imaginative lesson plans, inspiring ideas, great articles, innovative projects, forums for discussion and exciting opportunities for international collaboration. 

Connect

And please follow us on social media where you can hear news about our crowd sourced interactive learning platform and our Sky Team. We'll share articles too about cool studies, research on our changing climate, brilliant ideas, exciting events and awesome citizens.  For pictures and inspiration please follow us on Instagram.  For news and SkyDayProject updates check us out on Twitter and Facebook.  

What is Sky Say Project?
Sky Day Project is a global citizen artwork in support of a better and more inspired relationship to our one, shared sky. 

Who takes part?  
Responsible educational organizations all over the world like The Chicago Botanic Garden, The Delaware Contemporary, Cloud Appreciation Society (UK), Lycee Claudel (Canada), Northwestern University, Jeddah Astronomy Society, American Montessori Society, Institute of Environmental Science for Social Change (Philippines), Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, The Adler Planetarium to name a few.  All took part last year joining over 100 other educational organizations based in 10 nations. 

Talking of the Adler Planetarium, Annie Vedder and her team created a beautiful installation last year over Sky Day weekend (September 21-23, 2017)

 

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How does participation work? 
Participation is free and as easy as reflecting on our beautiful sky - and what it means to us all and - and then tweeting your sky photos with the two tags #SkyDayProject #SkyDayChicago.

Participating as an organization with your own group in the mosaic (cool!) simply means signing up with this form (also free) and inviting your community to take part.  We will then set up your group in the artwork and let you know when you may begin posting your photos. 

Are there any rules for taking the photos?

Yes!  So glad you asked!  We have three golden rules:

  • Make it ALL about the sky. Not always so easy nowadays, right?  Clouds?  Yes!  Blue skies? Of course!  Sun, moon and stars? You bet!  A flock of birds way overhead?  Sure!  If you can see it when you look up, that's what we're interested in!  But twigs, lamp posts, buildings, people... etc. - those photos will get snagged in our filters and won't get in.  So crop those elements out!

  • Remember to tweet your sky photos using BOTH hashtags #SkyDayProject #SkyDayChicago Have a great time doing it :) 

How do we view Sky Day Project?
Sky Day Project is live on-line at skydayproject.org and can be viewed on ANY device.  It is interactive too - you can view the entire world's participation at once or find your own group and you can even filter it by different sky 'states':

Blue Skies - can offer amazing transitions of light!  Can you catch them?                                     Clouds - amazing possibilities!
Transitions - Day to night. Night to day.
Storms - Here's a creative challenge. Can you convey the idea of a storm without showing its impact on objects (like trees, people, etc.)?
Night time - stars, moons, eclipses - spectacular!

All skies are welcome!  (Why wouldn't they be?)  

How many photos can we tweet? 
As many as you like!  And everyone you tell your group's tags to can tweet to your collection  from any device 

The SkyDay Organization
Artist Ben Whitehouse created SkyDay and SkyDayProject to bring people of all ages together to learn about our sky, how it functions and what it's vulnerabilities are and come together across cultures and borders in a new spirit of ecological citizenship.  He is joined in this effort by our Sky Team - NASA astronaut and artist Nicole Stott, Northwestern University climate scientist Daniel Horton, University of Illinois climate scientist and lead IPCC author Don Wuebbles and a team of super talented volunteers.  With the input of artists and scientists we are building an interactive educational platform to offer educational organizations, parents and kids imaginative lesson plans, inspiring ideas, innovative projects and exciting opportunities for international collaboration.