ss_blog_claim=8dcabb3175f064b32823a45ed345083b Majik's Thoughts: How Many Stars Can You Count?

11/02/2007

How Many Stars Can You Count?

Today I was taking a look at another page on the C.B.C.s website. This has been a source of inspiration for my posts as of late. I found an article on Light Pollution, which was quite interesting. I have a lot of interests and one of them is preserving our planet, and one thing that has been bothering me about the current urban environment is light pollution.

Years ago, when I was a child, I could look up at the night sky and see many stars. Over the years, the stars have been blocked out by light pollution. After groups like the International Dark Sky Association called attention to the phenomenon of light pollution, some Governments started asking cities to reduce their light pollution. Street lights were were changed so they would reduce the amount of light pollution, some cities even passed by-laws that prohibit the use of light fixtures that spill excess light into the night sky.

One of the main reasons why light pollution irks me, is that I used to draw inspiration from the stars. I also remember going on many camping trips and seeing the stars at night after a great campfire always gave me a warm feeling. Now when I look up at the sky from the backyard of my house in one of Canada's cities, I can almost count all the stars in the sky! I know that there are an extremely large number of stars in the sky, but most of them get blocked out by light pollution. In fact a few nights ago I went outside for some fresh air, and looked up at the night sky. I could count the number of stars on one hand! Granted the full moon that night may have blocked some of the stars out, but come on, how can we be inspired to go to space if we can't even see the stars that we want to reach?

8 comments:

Hanna said...

Great blog. I enjoyed this post. I too, gain inspiration from staring up into space. Planning a telescope purchase soon to do some amateur stargazing. Any suggestions?

Majik2903 said...

Hanna, thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. As for purchasing a telescope for some amaeur stargazing, shopping around on sites like ebay and shopzilla would be a good idea. Once you decide which one you like I'd do a search for a retailer near you.

Peace! :)

Jamie said...

I'm lucky if I can see enough stars to count them on one hand on any given night. Sad really...

Majik2903 said...

Jamie, thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. It really is sad that a major source of inspiration is being blocked out by light pollution. Hopefully people will realize that we all have the power to affect change and allow the stars to shine in our sky once again.

Peace! :)

LoveGod said...

Twinkle twinkle little star - oh where are you? Really, it is tragic that we don't see the stars of our childhood!

Global climate change? Perhaps :-)

To reduce the light pollution:
use compact fluorescent bulbs and energy efficient light bulbs - and for that you can save bucks on your electrical bill!
-Kat

LoveGod said...

I just sent you and email - but you can delete it - wanted to give you my email address as I think that was one of your requirements.

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