An Assessment of the Impact of Potential Mining Operation at the Rosemont Copper Mine on the Night Sky of Southern Arizona

Document ID: dark-sky-partners-2011
2011

This study presents results from computer calculati ons of the sky brightness due to proposed operations in the Rosemont Copper Mine (RCM) when v iewed from six observation points, three of which are astronomically sensitive sites. The analysis shows that there would be an increase in sky glow at all sites due to RCM operations. At the astronomical Observatory sites, including Fred L Whipple Observatory (FLWO), Jarnac, and Empi re Ranch, the increase in brightness of the zenith is 1%, 2% and 4% respectively. In the a stronomically "useful" portions of the sky, which we consider here to be out to zenith angle of 70°, the maximum brightening at these sites due to the proposed RCM lighting will be much more significant, reaching 10%, 22% and 32%, respectively.

Dark Sky Partners LLC. 2011. An Assessment of the Impact of Potential Mining Operation at the Rosemont Copper Mine on the Night Sky of Southern Arizona. Prepared for SWCA Environmental Consultants. Tucson, Arizona: Dark Sky Partners LLC. January.