Category Archives: light pollution

Arizona DOT ponders paving over paradise


  Are they NUTS? Among the alternatives being considered by the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) for future Interstate 11 (I-11) are two (2) options that would loop it west of Tucson through the stunningly gorgeous Avra Valley. Who in … Continue reading

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Astronomical metro areas


The following cities have the highest metropolitan area concentration of astronomical and radio observatories and related uses in the world. A minimum of three (3) such facilities was required for inclusion in the list. As can be seen from the … Continue reading

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Dim the lights and celebrate International Dark Sky Week!


Begun in 2003, International Dark Sky Week celebrates the awesome glory of the night sky while also informing the public of threats from sky glow, glare, and other forms of light pollution. In 2015, International Dark Sky Week takes place from April … Continue reading

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The dark side of bright lights


Fascinating and useful data on the effects of light pollution on the environment is provided in this poster. Is your city one of the top 10 brightest cities in the world? In this particular case, “brightest” is definitely NOT a … Continue reading

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Clues you might propagate yard blight


Below are a list of clues that indicate you might inflict yard blight on your neighbors, beyond the obvious example of derelict structures and unkempt yards. For this post, “yard blight” is generally defined as: The overuse of, display of, … Continue reading

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Let’s reach for the stars – International Dark Sky Week!


Taking place the week of April 5-11, 2013, International Dark-Sky Week is meant to “highlight” the problems arising from light pollution and its negative impacts on the night sky, ourselves, and the environment. According to the press release from the … Continue reading

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Turning the bland into grand


As an avid bicycle commuter who resides in a community where bikes are permitted to ride along certain roadside paved pathways (sidewalks of 7-8 feet wide), I find the gray blandness of most sidewalks/pathways to be quite boring and uninspiring. … Continue reading

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Excellence in small city planning


I had the honor last week to vacation in Brevard County, Florida. Of all the communities of this dynamic county, the City of Cape Canaveral immediately stood out as exemplary in its community planning efforts, particularly in regards to land … Continue reading

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Two new dark-sky place designations


The International Dark-Sky Association has announced the designation of two more International Dark-Sky places this week.  The two new sites are: Death Valley National Park in California (now largest of all the dark-sky parks). Brecon Beacons National Park in Wales – designated … Continue reading

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An intergalactic glare monster


Along westbound Interstate 96 near mile marker 55, there is an electronic billboard that must have been installed prior to the LED revolution in lighting or was placed there for advertising to the International Space Station. The glare this sign … Continue reading

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