The Milky Way vanishes… June 12, 2016Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
The study reveals that 60% of Europeans and almost 80% of North Americans cannot see the glowing band of our galaxy because of the effects of artificial lighting, while it is imperceptible to the entire populations of Singapore, Kuwait and Malta.
Yet many of us share this experience. I’ve noticed that in the last decade or so the night skies become increasingly obscured. I’m in Donegal a fair bit and even there, close to Dungloe, while there’s a much greater spread of stars, a true sense of the Milky Way is increasingly difficult to get. In Dublin it’s near enough pointless. The brighter stars and the planets are visible but often little else.
And as one contributor in this piece on the Guardian notes, so much of the light in our cities is actually wasted. One has to wonder what this represents in terms of energy loss. But beyond that the loss of our sense of our place in a truly massive, near enough incomprehensibly large, universe, or this small corner of it is immeasurable.