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Grandview Milky Way by DoomWillFindYou Grandview Milky Way by DoomWillFindYou
This is what the night sky is supposed to look like - what it did look like before modern civilization became so afraid of the dark that it decided to put up lights 24 hours a day and drown out the stars.

Let's talk pollution and waste. Do you know that in the USA commercial and residential lighting burn up the equivalent of 4-5 million barrels of oil of energy ...per day? ...and that about 40-50% of that - 2 million barrels of oil per day - is wasted by aiming lights at the sky rather than using lower wattage bulbs with full cutoffs to keep the same amount of light aimed at the ground - where it could conceivably do some good - as currently exists.

Light pollution causes glare - which can cause the deaths of drivers and pedestrians at night through temporary blindness. It disrupts the human sleep cycle and can thereby suppress immune response. It promotes blooms of toxic algae in water ecosystems by disrupting predator zooplankton feeding cycles. It causes the deaths of between 4-40 million birds per year through crashing into lit buildings and losing direction during yearly migrations as well as disrupting or destroying the growth cycles of several species of reptiles and amphibians.

Light pollution is not just a nuisance for amateur astronomers.

Under the skies of GrandView campground in the White Mountains east of Bishop, CA, the stars and the silver glow of the Milky Way are the only forms of light in the sky. The sky darkness at 8600 feet approaches magnitude 8.0, with an SQM reading of 21.99 mag/sq. arcsec. I could actually see a shadow cast by the Milky Way as I held my hand over the table I had my astronomy gear sitting on. Few get the chance to see a completely natural sky these days, and I consider myself very fortunate for having been able to do so.
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TheDutch87 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2010
Respect for you !
light pollution is idnead not only anyoing for photo's!

but Way more for the Ecosystem!

Myself. turn everything off if it's not needed
(took me some time to convince my parents but heck it worked)


also Recpect for them photos of you :O
so beutiful!!
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DoomWillFindYou Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2010
Thank You!
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ZeSly Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
:+fav: for the comment about light pollution ;-)
BTW this a nice view of our galaxy.
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DoomWillFindYou Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2009
Thank you. I'm pretty happy with it, as it is just a single exposure of 5 min at ISO 200, not a stack of several images like I usually do. It takes very dark skies to get contrast like this from a single image. It was an amazing place and an amazing experience.
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ZeSly Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Impressive ! I tried single exposure, only 30 sec, under a very good sky but I always get yellowish light on the horizon.
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OSilencio Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2009
great exposure ;)
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DoomWillFindYou Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2009
Thanks!
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OSilencio Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2009
y welcome
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