red skies at night

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**Update: Slashdot posted an article about this picture. I'll post a screenshot of the traffic graph later this week. Yikes! In the meantime, spread the word on Digg and add your light pollution images to the group.**

2009 is the 400th anniversary of Galileo's observations of Venus, Saturn and Jupiter published in Sidereus Nuncius (Starry Messenger). To improve scientific literacy, the NOAO and NASA are promoting dark sky initiatives in 2009 to draw attention to the problem of light pollution which obscures nearly all night sky colors and objects except for the moon and a few bright stars and planets.

In honor and support of the dark sky initiatives I have created a "Flat Earth society" group for the pictorial preservation and documentation of non-natural illumination of urban and suburban environs. Anyone may join and add images to the group: The Illuminati Project - Red Skies at Night

By showcasing the beauty of light pollution I hope our collective efforts will raise awareness and educate fellow Earthmates to lower energy consumption and become more curious about the world outside. Please snap a photo, then turn off the lights.

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  1. cannpix 76 months ago | reply

    @nnnnnnnnnn1515 asks, "Why not just show people the beauty of the real sky without big honkin lights in the way. Most people are surprised when they look up at a clear sky."

    Constellation and space pictures do not get 20,000+ visitors, covered by sites like Slashdot, and promote awareness. The simple answer is the old way wasn't working.

    A global conversation has started from the efforts to produce awareness. That's change. With more people talking about the issue, hopefully people will be inclined to educate themselves about things they can do at home and work to effectuate change. That's progress.

    The information being shared is light pollution has an aesthetic quality, now enjoy that for a moment and with this awareness consider going outside for a greater experience of viewing our place in this universe when the lights are off.

    Thanks for your feedback!

  2. makelessnoise 76 months ago | reply

    "...the old way wasn't working. "

    Interesting approach. Good luck in your efforts to get people talking about the ills of light pollution!

  3. anthonyarrigo98 76 months ago | reply

    I have to agree with makelessnoise. "Stop light pollution because it's ... beautiful?" This just doesn't make sense. An orange colored sky is a polluted sky... and hence... ugly.
    Perhaps someone could start a group pushing the inherent beauty of air pollution? Smog creates some interesting colors when light shines through it. Or, how about water pollution? Oil slicks really add nice colors to the scene.

  4. Denis Collette...!!! 76 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Vision Quality Group / Invite only, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  5. Brian O'Mahony 76 months ago | reply

    Congratulations, your photo has been highlighted as Shot Of The Week #17 in the 20,000 Photostream Views group and can be seen on the front page and Shot of the Week discussion thread.

  6. SMGallery ( 76 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Amazing Shots! (Post 1 / Award 3), and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    Stunning!! I love the colors!!

  7. d_absolut 76 months ago | reply

    ..."sailor's delight." delight actually...this is a beautiful photo. But, we must remember, "Red skies in morning, sailor's warning." Oh well.....

  8. olga_rashida 76 months ago | reply

    Your photo was viewed in

    Thank you for sharing your vision

  9. R_x - renee barron 76 months ago | reply

    i really do like this

  10. YoO-Kay-AyY-aYcH 69 months ago | reply

    this iz 1 beautiful picture like m8

  11. Raj Kunkolienkar (Astro56) 68 months ago | reply

    Im admin of Landscape astronomy
    Superb image,join d group

  12. Pixter007 [deleted] 60 months ago | reply

    Very surreal. Looks like an alien landscape.

  13. (Daithi@Ireland ) [deleted] 59 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Flickr's Global Village , and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    wow! Love to see you all at Flickr's Global Village

  14. mlhradio 40 months ago | reply

    Congratulations on receiving more than 25,000 views -- that's quite impressive! Now that you've reached this milestone, you might want to consider graduating this photograph from the 'Views: 10000' group to the 'Views: 25,000' group, which can be found here:

    Once again, congratulations and hopefully your photos will receive many more views in the future! Reminder: Photos should only be in one 'Views:xx' group at a time. (This is an automatic message posted to all items in the 'Views: 10000' group that receive more than 25,000 views. There is no need to reply to this message.)

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