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Dark Skies

I'm fortunate to live in an area now where you can see the Milky Way Galaxy when the moon starts to wane and rises later each night. For over fifty years I rarely saw the stars because of all the light pollution, air pollution and haze in Cincinnati, Ohio.

There's a great movement afoot to recreate the dark skies we once had decades ago. A recent article in USAToday.com showing the dark skies map tells a horrible tale of what's going wrong here in the USA.

I'm not much for government legislation and control in our lives, but some laws are absolutely necessary. My wife Kathy and I own a plot of land in New Hampshire that's part of a seven-lot association. Fortunately we were able to help write the rules of the association. We included language in the covenants all about dark skies lighting.

I urge you to get in touch with your state legislators and get them on board with the policies at the Dark Skies Association. Future generations will thank us indeed.

Comments

Very nice Tim. I am in agreemtent with you on this topic. My (former) in-laws, to whom I am still very close, have a summer cottage in a fairly remote part of upstate PA. Seeing the stars at night up there is a great experience. It is a great loss, in more ways that one, that city dwellers don't get to see the natural sky.

Lou on December 31, 2010 12:41 PM

I remember being a lil' kid laying on my grandpa's arm while he told me tales about the stars. Why they winked at us. Why some are ours and some ain't?
Now, i'm lucky if I can find Orion on a 'clear' night.

snert on January 1, 2011 3:46 PM

When you turn the lights out the roaches come out. So when it's darker crime rises. I would rather have less government in my life. Go get a telescope or live in Canada.

Will young on January 1, 2011 4:00 PM

From Wickenburg, Arizona, located at 33° 9686' North and 112° 73' West, approximately 55 miles N/W of Phoenix, all the stars that the eye can distinguish in the night sky are part of the Milky Way Galaxy, but aside from these relatively nearby stars, the galaxy appears as a hazy band of white light arching around the entire celestial sphere. The light originates from stars and other material that lie within the galactic plane. Dark regions within the band, such as the Great Rift and the Coalsack, correspond to areas where light from distant stars is blocked by dark nebulae. The Milky Way has a relatively low surface brightness due to the interstellar medium that fills the galactic disk, which prevents us from seeing the bright galactic center. So yes, I can see the Milky Way.

Coyote Evans on January 1, 2011 4:12 PM

Five year back we had the opportunity to leave New York City behind, and head for the Finger-lakes area of NY State. It was worth it just to see the night sky again. As a kid, in Barbados, we spent many nights with the older folk star-gazing and telling spooky stories. Now I can do it again.with my telescope handy too.

Orville Carter on January 1, 2011 5:32 PM

When we take our motor home out caping i like to set out and look at the stars they seam to dance across the sky.

LARRY IN ILL. on January 1, 2011 6:57 PM

I guess people are afraid of the dark. Everyone thinks they have to have a dusk to dawn light which I find foolish. If I were a criminal, I'd rather make my way around a dimly lit yard then one that is totally black and not knowing what I could fall over or into.

Joe Sullenger on January 1, 2011 7:45 PM

Probably the greatest sight I've ever seen was the Milky Way on Lake Charlevoix in the northern Lower Peninsula of Michigan. One solid mass of white filling most of the sky. One of the advantages of camping.

Gerry Meloche on January 1, 2011 8:44 PM

MY FAMILY & MYSELF WERE LUCKY ENOUGH TO LEAVE CITY LIFE 9 YRS. AGO.COUNTRY NIGHTS ARE AS CLOSE TO PERFECT AS YOU CAN GET.

ROY MARCELL on January 1, 2011 8:45 PM

My family's homestead is in the high Sierra Nevada is a lovely place to view the stunning starry skies; I feel so blessed to see such beauty when I get a chance to get up there-grand-dad was a gold miner and there were many delightful stories shared by mom, dad and their first families.

Denise Underwood on January 1, 2011 10:46 PM

Snert(?)Please don't come to Canada.I love the clear skies and feel safe walking anywhere at any time.
In fact the last time I was scared walking was through Seattle's pioneer park after a DAY!!!!!!!! baseball game.

Roy on January 1, 2011 11:29 PM

Siskiyou County in Northern California is dark enough to see all the stars. Snert should think about moving someplace like that. Everyone has a rifle and most have a shotgun. Nobody gets shot and the bad guys keep their distance. About 40,000 people in an area just a little smaller than Hawaii. Wish Shreveport, LA where I am now was half as safe. I don't have my porch light on or any yardlights and I still feel safe. Guess why!

Gary Hughes on January 2, 2011 12:27 AM

I guess it depends on whats important to someone as Rush constantly cries that he has to turn his lights off because of beach turtle nesting and he resents being told that by his local government.

John in Dryden, MI on January 2, 2011 7:54 AM

Yeah, I can see the stars at night (well, except when it's cloudy), but what's really cool are the aurora borealis - pink and green strips of light pulsing through the sky. Very eerie and beautiful. Wouldn't it be nice if we could just cut all power every now and again and just enjoy nature as it was meant to be?

nalyn on January 3, 2011 2:02 PM

Coyote Evans, you copy and paste well from Wikipedia!

Paul on January 3, 2011 4:28 PM

I like to take my dog to the dog park and sky gaze using my iPod app for guidance. I'd like to buy a telescope. That being said, light pollution is here to stay. Too many subdivision spread out, too many people in fear of the dark. Too many people wanting a too big of house on too big of a piece of land. Too much yard light promotion by the electric utility to keep the generators profitable during the night. Hey, we have the Hubble if you want to see the sky!

Steve Bukosky on January 3, 2011 5:20 PM

I remember my first trip to Cape Cod (Wellfleet) and seeing the Milky Way. I was sleeping on the top bed of a bunk bed and there was a skylight overhead and practically freaked when I saw that plethora of stars. I had NO idea what I was looking at. It was magic. I have rarely seen it since.

Gabriele Koenig on January 14, 2011 8:48 AM

Hi Tim, Thank you for your Great Information.
Tim, I would like you to please check the following information which is directly related to our health. The link is to a subject that I have been researching for a few years now, and I have finally found solid confirmation which I believe needs to be shared with every person alive:

http://aircrap.org
Goto the Right Tab at the top of the page: Chemtrail Videos, scroll to the first section labeled *** MUST SEE***

Please watch the videos from:

Rosalind Peterson:
The Chemtrail Cover-Up
http://aircrap.org/rosalind-peterson-the-chemtrail-cover-up/3363/

and

Former FBI Chief Ted Gunderson Says Chemtrail Death Dumps Must Be Stopped
http://aircrap.org/former-fbi-chief-ted-gunderson-says-chemtrail-death-dumps-must-be-stopped/33301/

I believe this website is based in Santa Cruz - very well done.

Tim, The second Public Awareness day about this subject will be January 22, 2011 - in just a few days. You may consider communicating this information to your people if you feel as serious about this as I do.

Thank You Tim,

Dave

Dave on January 21, 2011 3:52 AM
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