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Light pollution
« on: May 18, 2003, 12:44:39 am »
The Council for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE) has some interesting maps on its site showing how light pollution is preventing many of us seeing the night sky.

The CPRE is campaigning, along with the British Astronomical Association, to fight what they call 'this growing night blight'.

The CPRE site has maps showing the extent of light pollution in this area.

They say that in this area there is only 1% of dark skies left, meaning that the rest is obscured by the light we are generating.

The CPRE is asking people to make sure outdoor lights aren't wasteful and that they are angled downwards and are fitted with minimum wattage bulbs.
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Re: Light pollution
« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2003, 02:16:45 am »
What is it with lights around here? We have more than adequate street lighting and there is absolutely no reason to illuminate ones house other than to display ones property to others. External house lights and in particular drive lights are a nuisance and quite blinding.
People seem to spend more on external lighting than internal lighting, obviously there is more than enough money in some households that it can be burnt away.
Apart from the fuel wastage there is the phsycological damage done to humans who actually need darkness to sleep properly and produce the hormones needed for full rest. It is a fact that the vast majority of people have never experienced darkness. Before anyone mentions it, external lights do not prevent burglars they merely assist their quick entry to a building.
When was the last time the milky way was visible, it was clearly visible in the 80s when the street lights went off at 11pm and people had more sense than to have external lights on.
Even the birds can be heard in the so called hours of darkness.


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Re: Light pollution
« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2003, 12:13:20 am »
If anyone is wondering what the fuss is about, I can only assume they have never seen the night sky on a clear night in a dark location. It is breathtakingly beautiful and nothing can prepare you for your first sight of the Milky Way in all its magnificence.

Sadly, light pollution travels amazing distances. Light from a relatively small town will diminish the view of the night sky of tens of miles.