Urban light pollution

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Yesterday’s post brought back a memory of the senior member of staff showing us this kind of image:

http://www.savethenight.eu/Light%20Pollution%20in%20Europe.html

and reflecting that his retirement plans meant moving from one of the brightest parts of the map, to one of the blackest.  Presumably, our cosmology department is a bit ‘above’ such things, as it were, but I would guess that one of the greatest hinderances to an interest in astronomy these days is a simple inability to actually see the starts.

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