(E) I had the pleasure to visit Point Reyes and its beautiful ecosystem of birds this week-end. On Saturday night, a group of astronomers from Santa Cruz were showing to the public the deep sky through the eyes of their telescope. I had the opportunity to see the Milky Way and Andromeda galaxy. Andromedia is 23 million years away. I saw as well Neptune 55 mins away and M-23 and M-33.
At the same time, a documentary titled the Dark Night was projected by the Hostel of Point Reyes about light pollution:
Millions of children will never see a sky full of stars. The night skies remind us of our place in the Universe. It gives us identity, makes us feel a connection. Think of all the great minds that gazed up at the night sky and were inspired by it. We’ve lost the potential for thousands of great minds.
Billions of dollars are spent in wasteful lighting. About 15 million tons of CO2 are emitted each year in order to power residential outdoor lighting in the US. About 35% of light is wasted
Thousands of sea turtles and millions of birds are killed each year due to Light Pollution and affects so many other nocturnal species. It is also harmful to our health and well being.
Light pollution is so easy to reduce. Please act quickly.
Note: The picture above is a group of pelicans.
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