May 30, 2010

Light Pollution: do we Look at the Heavens, anymore?

Bonus: “Picture from the suburbs in Toronto, Canada during and after a major power outage in 2003.(i.imgur.com)


Now, we Switch off the Sky.

Since the beginning of human history man and woman and particularly child have gazed into the night sky, and thought of the Gods or the Heavens and our small, yet powerful place in the spinnings of this precious universe.

The night time sky is one of the most beautiful and profound sights known to man. Deep and endlessly vast and black, not flat and gray as it appears now.

Now, we do not remember our place, our magical yet humble place. We watch movies.

Every summer, as a child, I’ve gone to Vermont or the mountains of Colorado, and I always enjoyed the big sky. No buildings crowding the horizon by day. No lights crowding out the infinity of “up” by night. Now, I watch movies.


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editorial dept elephant journal May 31, 2010 2:10pm

Konnie H
Yes! In some places, like rural New Mexico, you can still reach up and touch the milky way.

Debbie P
On a clear night in the Adirondack mountains in New York we can see the constellations. We get lots of use out of our star charts, identifying them all.

Wm E G
I try to go out at least once a week here in rural Vermont and stare at the heavens. It really is such a wonderful feeling to look into the vastness and wonder and also feel so connected to it all.

Pat B
Yes…even in Houston, the heavens are spectacular (when you can see them).

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