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Light pollution: It's not pretty

The constellation Orion, imaged at left from dark skies, and at right from the teeming metropolis of Orem, UT at the heart of the Utah County megalopolis comprising about half a million people. (Note: The preceding is sarcasm. Orem, UT is hardly a large city. This is intended to highlight the fact that light pollution is a problem everywhere, not just in cities with tens of millions of inhabitants.)

 

The Illuminati Project seeks photos that showcase "the beauty of light pollution", presumably so we'll have a record after the problem goes away?

 

There's no beauty in light pollution. Unnecessary, excessive, and misdirected light wastes energy, wastes money, generates air pollution, and is actually detrimental to safety and security since the glare harms dark adaptation and effectively makes shadows deeper. And last but not least, light pollution destroys the beauty of the night sky that has inspired mankind for millennia.

 

(Individual photos here.)

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Uploaded on January 8, 2009