Air Pollution, Water Pollution….. Errr… Light Pollution?

25 Mar

I really don’t like going home late at night, when instead of the sunset welcoming me back home, I see Mr. Moon floating with his dim light.( Well, no offense to the moon, I really like you a lot, it’s just that, I don’t like to go home when it’s already dark.)

Looking at the bright side of my evenings (there’s something wrong with that statement, haha), going home when it’s already dark has its perks. One of these is being able to do some stargazing. Just walking at the street in our village, looking at the vast vast sky, and hoping that you don’t step on poop. haha. Anyway, recently, I found that it’s been more difficult to decipher the constellations on the night sky. Thanks too light pollution. Sure, light from the stars gets dim after many many years of glowing, but then, there’s the light from lamp posts, houses, industrial facilities, establishments, that compete with the natural light of the evening. Stargazing even doesn’t seem to be that romantic anymore. Instead of being able to point at constellations, you say, “hey look at that glowing sign of *insert name of establishment*, don’t you find it interesting?”

Anyway, light pollution is one of the serious problems that we have today. Sure, it’s not that hazardous to our health like air pollution or water pollution, but then again can you stand not being able to see even if just the Orion? Anyway, in a more serious note, light pollution affects astronomers, and even animals. Maybe it is time to be a little bit more responsible in the way we use our resources like light sources.

Reference: http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2011/03/21/the-skies-at-night-are-too-darn-bright/

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