How to Learn About Light Pollution

The night sky is a stunning site to see. It is something that our ancestors were very fortunate to see. However, due to light pollution, that privilege is harder to come by. Learn a bit about what light pollution is.

Steps

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    Use your favorite search engine to find "light pollution" articles describing the problem.
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    Investigate the work of DarkSky.org and consider joining.
    • Look for local organizations and municipal Green Teams that advocate for better lighting that pollutes less.
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    Study various events that have occurred to affect it. Things, like blackouts, can be seen from the sky if the city is large enough.
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    Visit a planetarium to see what you are missing.
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    Know what you are missing. Most people cannot see the Milky Way because of the light pollution.[1] It is harder and harder to see constellations.
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    Look at the night sky when you get the chance without the light pollution.[2]
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    See the differences as time goes by. As the population grows, there are more and more lights.[3]
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    Investigate star count maps.[4] These are used to compile data by finding out how many stars people can see.
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    Learn about its effects on wildlife.[5] It affects their circadian rhythm and their biological rhythm.

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Categories: Environmental Awareness