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Bortle Light Pollution Scale
The Bortle Light Pollution Scale is a good model for understanding how tainted our night skies are by light pollution.
Thu, Sep 15, 2011 at 05:29 PM
Far too many people have no idea what a good night sky looks like. Our vision of the universe is spoiled by the effects of light pollution
. The streetlights, headlights, and neon lights of modern life work together to blot out the stars, planets, and gas clouds of the Milky Way. This graphic showing the from Stellarium.org, the free open source planetarium
, is a great way to see how degraded our view of the night sky can get by light pollution.
Stellarium is incorporating a light pollution simulation into the latest version of the planetarium program. Swing by
, download it, and try it out.
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