Living in a big city certainly has its charms, but light pollution isn't one of them! To observe any astronomical bodies other than the moon, you have to venture hours outside most major metropolitan areas.

To illustrate exactly what so many city folk are missing, time-lapse filmmaking duo Gavin Heffernan and Harun Mehmedinovic put together this awe-inspiring time-lapse video that imagines what an evening in Los Angeles might look like if the starscape was as visible as the brightly lit skyscrapers. (They've worked together previously in northern Arizona's Vermilion Cliffs National Monument.)

The short film shown here came about as a way to raise awareness for Heffernan and Mehmedinovic's SKYGLOW Kickstarter project, which will fund additional time-lapse videos as well as an astrophotography book exploring the starscapes of North America that are being increasingly threatened by light pollution.

"Light pollution, also known as 'skyglow,' may not appear to be the most urgent problem facing the planet," they write on their Kickstarter page, "but it may be the most indicative of humanity's growing separation from nature."

With this project, they hope that viewers will begin to think about the long-term psychological impacts of a sky without stars. There's only a few days left in the campaign (it ends May 10), so if stargazing and dark skies are important to you, consider donating!

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What if the stars were as bright as the Los Angeles skyline?
Living in a city certainly has its charms, but light pollution definitely isn't one of them!