80 percent of US children may never see a starry sky

  • metta

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    Jul 25, 2013 6:04 PM GMT
    80 percent of US children may never see a starry sky

    http://www.theverge.com/2013/7/25/4555590/darkness-light-pollution-stars-milky-way
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    Jul 25, 2013 6:20 PM GMT
    That's why we have GPS, so you can still navigate.

    I was lucky enough to spend my summers growing up in the Catskills and I lived in the Caribbean so I very much remember those night skies. I do miss them. Though I've never seen the aurora borealis which I'd love to see.

    While living in Lauderdale, you easily could count the number of visible stars but for when Hurricane Wilma put our lights out. The night sky became incredible because you'd have forgotten those stars were there all along even though bleached from sight by city lights.

    Where I've relocated there's maybe two or three times the stars visible as there was in south Florida but still I can count what I should not be able to count that high.
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    Jul 25, 2013 7:56 PM GMT
    ^
    I can see better than most people in Los Angeles County. Approximately 2/3 around me is national forest so that helps. It is of course not anywhere near as good as going out to Joshua Tree though. I used go out to Joshua Tree with my best friend during the pleiades meteor shower. He used to work for Griffith Observatory so it made it a lot more fun being with someone that knew what everything was. icon_smile.gif
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    Jul 26, 2013 4:07 AM GMT
    metta8 said^
    I can see better than most people in Los Angeles County. Approximately 2/3 around me is national forest so that helps. It is of course not anywhere near as good as going out to Joshua Tree though. I used go out to Joshua Tree with my best friend during the pleiades meteor shower. He used to work for Griffith Observatory so it made it a lot more fun being with someone that knew what everything was. icon_smile.gif


    I'm in an odd spot on the outskirts of a metro area, very accessible, but also near a huge wilderness so I think that helps reduce the light but not by a lot. You'd really have to darken a large swath of geography all around, not just on one side, to make much of a difference, as what Wilma did to south Florida for those few days. I have much more of a sense of sky here than I did in south Florida but nothing like the skies of my youth. It's real sad to me that someone could live their entire life without seeing that.

    When my last bud was alive he lived over by the reservoir but I don't recall that sky being anything special. We never did the observatory though we did used to ride up Mount Wilson on his Harley. There's another one up there. I loved that. The ride was so fun and the daytime views were stunning. Very pretty part of the country you've got there.