red skies at night

**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.

 

Additional info:

www.astronomy2009.org/

www.darkskiesawareness.org/

www.darksky.org

ngm.nationalgeographic.com/geopedia/Light_Pollution

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