Lights hide the Milky Way from a third of the world
Ever thought light pollution can do any harm to mankind? If your answer is no then you must consider a rethink. Scientists claim the Milky Way, a galaxy that has been inspiring astronomers, artists, poets, and musicians for so long could be a memory for more than a third of humanity. Credit goes to all those artificial lights that make the night sky too shiny to view the galaxy.
The study named “The new world atlas of artificial night sky brightness“ reveals that our planet has been concealed behind a “luminous fog that prevents most of Earth’s population from having the opportunity to observe our galaxy.”
Singapore was rated as the most light-polluted country, with the total population losing out on seeing the true beauty of the night sky. Kuwait and Qatar are pretty close runner-ups. In Europe, almost 60 percent and in the U.S. around 80 percent of people cannot see the glowing band of our galaxy because of the artificial lighting.
Fabio Falchi, lead author of the study explained this situation as a “cultural loss of unprecedented magnitude.”
From wasting money and energy, to a loss of biodiversity and culture, light pollution generates countless problems. The researchers say these problems can be instantly alleviated by turning off the light, which may sound stupid to you. Also, they are suggesting people use a minimum amount of light and to install shielding so that the light can’t be sent at or above the horizon level.
Countries that are suffering from least light pollution are Chad, Central African Republic, and Madagascar. So, if you live in one of those light-polluted countries and badly want to see the Milky Way, you can consider trekking out to one of those least polluted countries.
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