In this multiple exposure photo, the London Millennium Pedestrian Bridge is illuminated under the stars on a clear night in London on 21 April 2020. The clear sky created by the new moon coincides with the Lyrid meteor shower, an annual image caused by the passing of the Earth's debris cloud from a comet named C / 186 Thatcher.

 

In this multiple exposure photo, the London Millennium Pedestrian Bridge is illuminated under the stars on a clear night in London on 21 April 2020.. Clear sky created by the new moon It coincides with the Lyrid meteor shower, an annual image caused by the Earth from a debris cloud from a comet named C / 186 Thatcher.
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We can’t go to bars or restaurants, but for a romantic night out during the pandemic, consider making a picnic mat in a park to count the stars.. As an added bonus, your little date can help you see if the covid-19 lockouts are affecting the league.ht pollution.

Cute proposal comes from the 14th annual “star rating” campaign By the British charity CPRE (rural charity formerly known as the Campaign to Protect Rural England) and the Dark Sky Commission of the British Astronomical Society. Organizations are looking for people in the UK document How many stars can they see in the constellation Orion from various parts of the country and Lumberyard their observations between today and Valentine’s Day. The visibility of 10 or fewer stars “indicates severe light pollution,” CPRE says.

 

Where should the stars look?

 

Where should the stars look?
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CPRE will use the data to map the UK’s top star locations and will also use the participants’ findings to compare with last year’s survey to determine whether covid-19 crashes are increasing the visibility of stars due to reduced industrial and commercial activity. Similar citizen science campaigns Grasped by International Dark Sky Association and Australia’s University of Melbourne.

CPRE’s 2020 star rating -Grasped Just one month before the start of pandemic restrictions -reveal 61% of the participants lived with severe light pollution. And the problem goes far beyond England; datas Earth Artificial Night Atlas Sky Glow shows more 80% of people worldwide, including 99% of those in the US and Europe, live in areas where the Milky Way is almost invisible due to excessive light. Organization wants to use the findings of citizen scientists to advocate solutions for light pollution.

“By taking part in Star Count, people will help us lobby the government to further preserve this often overlooked but vitally important countryside,” Crispin Truman, CPRE’s CEO, said in a statement.

Let’s hope CPRE’s lobbying for its dark right doesn’t let other important issues get astray. Organization in the past caught temperature To oppose affordable housing construction in the UK countryside. Fortunately, just non-NIMBY Ways to limit light pollution, including unnecessary intervention use of light and lighting fixtures by businesses more limited wattage.

If done right, actions to protect the darkness can be more important than improving star gaze.. Light pollution, as the term suggests, can be dangerous. Excessive shine can threaten plants and animals she is thrive in dark conditionsand also ruin human biochemistry. Even linked pregnancy complications and reduced birth weights, according to research published last month. Most of the light used globally is also generated by the fossil-powered energy grid, so excessively bright regions may indicate that polluting energy is being used unnecessarily.