A Nottinghamshire astronomer has called on the public to help reduce light pollution within the county.Phil Randall, from the Mansfield and Sutton Astronomical Society, said it is an increasing problem.
You've heard of noise pollution and visual pollution, but what about light pollution? Local astronomers say it's a big problem.Amateur Astronomer Mark Eburne says 30-40 per cent of the light pollution obscuring our view comes from streetlights.
Mark Eburne laments the fact that he has to get away from the city to really see the stars with the naked eye. The amateur astronomer says the bright lights of Vancouver are drowning out the night sky.
Artificial light at night can disrupt everything from astronomers' views of the stars to the path-finding abilities of migrating animals. The impacts of artificial light on wildlife was the focus of a symposium at the 24th annual International Congress for Conservation Biology, held 3-7 July in Edmonton, Alberta.
The sun has set on Peter Lowe's stargazing, at least from his Langwarrin home.The current president and last remaining founding member of the Mornington Peninsula Astronomical Society can no longer observe the night skies through his powerful fixed telescope after the duplication of Cranbourne Rd.His Grain Store Court property backs on to Cranbourne Rd and its brilliant street lighting.But it's far from brilliant for Mr Lowe, who built a home observatory in his backyard 10 years ago and installed a $10,000 Celestron 11 telescope.
I recently took a whitewater rafting trip in the Dinosaur National Monument in Colorado. We saw skies that were especially dark, clear and steady.It got me thinking about how the growth of our cities has changed how we see the sky. Those of us living in the western United States generally take our dark skies for granted. Yet light pollution is an increasing problem, even in the remote West.
Wales's night sky required protection, AMs heard today. The Welsh National Assembly today debated the effects of light pollution and proposals for how the problem could be alleviated.
There's one problem with Urban astronomy, and it's a big one. It is the reason so many historical observatories, places where great discoveries were made and the foundations of modern astronomy were set down, have been shut down and even demolished. That problem is light. Modern cities pump so much light into the sky that many of us have never actually seen a night sky at all. Ask somebody what colour the sky is at night and they'll confidently assert "Black, of course!". Which just goes to show when last they actually looked up. The night sky in the city is navy blue in the suburbs, and dull orange in the city proper, and shines bright enough to completely extinguish all but a handful of the brightest stars. If we happen to glance up, we see nothing at all. The sky is boring, and not worth watching.
The absence of aircraft in the night sky - as a result of the volcanic ash cloud above Britain - has been a boon for astronomers.