Lighting from space

Mar 18

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3/18/2012 5:26 PM  RssIcon

When we look up to the stars, our lights here on Earth - well, the ones that spill upwards into our atmosphere, uselessly - block many of the stars we can see.  Take a look at this video from the ISS showing all the lights on the ground being brighter than the stars in space.  But it need not be that way; check out this blog post from Scott Kardel.  The last picture shows southern Nevada and a lot of Arizona.  Flagstaff and Tucson - even Phoenix - have far better lighting standards than Las Vegas, which overexposed the camera from it's lights.

We need not waste so much energy.  Let's do better.  It's the responsible thing to do.  And it saves us money, and doesn't make us any less safe.

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This blog includes what to see in the night and daytime skies, thoughts on telescopes, binoculars, and other astronomy observing accessories and equipment, plus my own occasional notes on objects I've seen and observed. Oh, and the random theater or other "my take on life" post. In other words, there is always something interesting. Check it out.