Monday, March 26, 2012

Light Pollution Simulator for Great Britain and Half of Ireland

Needless, a campaign to curb light pollution at night, has created a fascinating online program called Night Sky Simulator which demonstrates how light pollution blocks out the stars for Great Britain and the eastern half of the island of Ireland.  One can zoom to any point in the study area and see what is loss due to human created light.

Light pollution is not all that bad.  It is a sign of progress, compare North Korea's dark skies to South Korea's light pollution.  I would take living in South Korea any day over North Korea.  However, humanity and nature lose a certain something with the loss of the stars.  I remember thinking how sad the sky was at midnight around Washington DC after I came back from Iraq and Afghanistan.

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