Southern sky, country vs. city

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    The southern sky, featuring Sagittarius and Scorpius.
    Top - Leamington, UT, pop. 217
    Bottom - Orem, UT, in a metropolitan area of ~400,000

    I've attempted to match sky brightness to how it appeared to my eyes. Best viewed large.

    photomason, gsgeorge, sillevl, and 26 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. makelessnoise 82 months ago | reply

      Beauty. Excellent demonstration of the effects of light pollution.
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    2. jpstanley 82 months ago | reply

      More than a little sad in my opinion. The only Milky Way most kids see today comes in a little brown wrapper.

    3. Computer Science Geek 81 months ago | reply

      Great demonstration. It is tragic, really, when people ask, "Where have all the stars gone? I used to see them when I was a kid."

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    4. minithin 64 months ago | reply

      the top image is stunning

    5. jupiter909 64 months ago | reply

      This is a very moving comparison.

    6. Daedalus_T 64 months ago | reply

      Do you have a large version of just the top photo? That's a great capture of the sky!

    7. S.Barnes 64 months ago | reply

      Would you be willing to release this with just a creative commons+attribution, or creative commons+attribution+share alike license? It would be a great addition to the Wikipedia page on light pollution, the comparison is amazing!

    8. jpstanley 64 months ago | reply

      @S.Barnes: Done. Take a look at this comparison too.

    9. S.Barnes 64 months ago | reply

      Added both to the article on light pollution and wikicommons. Thanks.
      en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Light_pollution

    10. Pietro Impagliazzo 45 months ago | reply

      It's a shame that we miss such a beautiful sky. I've only contemplated a sky like this when I was at the country and power went down, I was mesmerized because I had never seen how the sky really was.

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