This is a picture of what you might be missing at night – and not even notice: the glorious night sky filled with stars and other constellations. Is this what you see when you look up at the night sky? Or have you even thought about it?
The wonder of the sky at night was brought to my attention in The Culture Trip article: ‘10 Best Places In The World To Stargaze’. The stunning images of the sky at night are a reminder of what we have lost to our brightly-lit cities and the resulting light pollution.
The difference between the city sky compared to the countryside. This is the impact of light pollution on our view of night skies. Isn’t it sad to lose sight of the stars?
But there is hope. Several groups and organisations are making efforts and taking steps to address the light pollution problem.
- Globe at Night. Check out this international citizen science campaign. It is an international citizen-science campaign which aims to raise public awareness of the impact of light pollution. They invite us to measure & submit our night sky brightness observations, using a computer or smart phone.
- Dark Sky Society which is based in New York city and aims to support educational and legislative efforts to eliminate light pollution.
- The International Dark-Sky Association is the leading authority on light pollution. The association works to combat light pollution worldwide and to protect the night skies for present and future generations.
Finally, this is a fascinating interview from Wired.com with journalist Paul Bogard, author of The End of Night: Searching for Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light. Here is the link.