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November 06, 2005

Light pollution: Yet another reason to not live in or near built up areas

For a number of reasons, I decided to take a walk this evening. I love evening walks – cool crisp air, peacefulness etc. However, one of the things I really hate about living here is the amount of light pollution we get, living near an urban area. Unless you've been to the countryside and looked up, you won't know what I'm on about. Back home, on a clear night like we have tonight you can see thousands of stars decorating the night sky; it's magical. Here, you can see maybe 50. And one of those was a planet. The amount of energy we waste just lighting up empty streets of an evening and throwing immense levels of light skyward pointlessly and irritatingly for those who like to stargaze is just ludicrous. Grrrrr I want to move back home :-(

On a more positive note, I saw a shooting star. I know they're quite common, but I don't see them very often at all and it kind of made my evening. Just thought I'd share.


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