How many of you can say that you still are able to look up to the skies at night and actually see the milky way?
Light pollution has become such a huge problem as of late and a lot of it is actually caused by our new energy saving LED globes which emit a lot of blue spectrum lighting. Save on pollution, lose out on another.
Here’s a picture of what I remember seeing when living in the country:
Source: Wallpaper Safari
Here’s what most people see today:
Source: Photography Blog
Here’s a map of light pollution:
I get a lot of light pollution where I am in Florida. We didn’t have as much when we went to one of the national forests for a camping trip but it was still there. I get more light pollution at home because of where my house is located lol I just live vicariously through pretty pictures online for now
I’m somewhere between rural & excellent. I can go to a couple of beaches where there aren’t many homes or businesses & are pretty much closed for the season, but from my house, it looks more like the rural sky.
Thank you for sharing the pictures & information. I remember the excellent night sky when my mother & stepfather had a log cabin built across from a mountain on what I guess would be a hill comparitively. Their nearest neighbor was 1/4 mile away from them, not including the drive up the side to get to their house. I used to love going out to the front porch & looking at the sky.
I was in Oregon this summer and was able to lay on the beach at dark, there wasnt a lot of light pollution, it was the first time I think I had ever seen the sky so clear.
Holy Cow @Temujin_Calidius could you really see that clearly? That is absolutely a gift. Thank you for the memory of my father today. He always used to comment on “light pollution” I thought he coined the term when I was a kid. Thanks for the smile, someday I will see a clear black sky I just know it! Blessed Be Friend
I spent a lot of time in the country as a child and for a long time it was the only time I was allowed outside at night. When I got a bit older and my parents started letting stay out later I was hugely disappointed in the night sky where I lived and I still am. I can usually see Orion, the big dipper, and Cassiopeia, as well as a hand full of other stars but not much more than that. I haven’t been able to see the milky way in years…
Where I live, on a clear night I see many stars but not the Milky Way. It must be a blessing to see that sky in your country!
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