When Did You Last Look at the Stars?
What it's all about.
I have always enjoyed looking up at the night sky, stargazing for hours. Not for any scientific reason, it simply relaxes me. I did buy a telescope a while back, sometimes when I looked up at the night sky I saw something that I wanted to take a closer look at.
However I cannot help but notice that the stars always seem fewer and the glaxies a little more indistinct.
The reason is simple, light pollution. This form of pollution is not going to cause the end of the world, It is merely the accumulation of light sources on earth which are obscuring our night time view of the skies above us.
Take a look at the picture to the right, and tell me how much light pollution is in your area, and when did you last look at the stars? and when did you actually get a good view?
So How Can I See the Stars?
Looking up at the sky you can still see many stars in the sky, even in highly populated areas, however the view is nothing compared to the unencumbered view in some of the more desolate areas of the world.
You can of course help remedy this by buying a telescope online, or visiting an observatory, the truth is though to get the best vision of the night, you need to go somewhere where there is no light.
So Where is There No Light?
Unfotunately there are few places left on this planet which are devoid of light. To find true light free nights you may need to travel to the depths of Africa or the Russian barrens. Fortunately you can vastly improve your view of the stars simply by travelling to less populated areas, Finding an area which has no lights for miles around will give you a much better view of the stars than even slightly populated areas, even if you decide to not buy a telescope.