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I have talked about this subject before and what a shame! Imagine your children's children going outside at night and not being able to see the wonder of the constellations. Imagine the generation after this not even knowing what stars look like. Think back throughout our history and how important the night sky was to our ancestors. Whether it was guidance on a ship thanks to the North Star or even the socialization that took place sitting around a fire and telling stories about the stories of the formation of constellations and what it means to their culture.
Such a shame that the natural wonder of the night sky may be lost.
I have a bit of personal history with this subject. I was married last fall in Daytona Beach, Fla., and signs were all over the beach about shutting off unnecessary lighting at night in rooms facing the beach. The reason was that the artificial lighting disorients hatchling sea turtles and makes it harder for them to find the ocean. I have heard of migratory birds becoming confused by city lights. So it is not just our personal and historical interests at risk here. Wildlife is being hurt by light pollution.
I have also heard of disruption to our body's personal rhythyms because of the lack of darkness in urban areas at night. So we also have health issues at risk here.
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A long duration Geomagnetic storm could bring auroras over the next three nights, perhaps even longer.
The Orionids peak tonight as the Earth passes through a stream of debris left by Halley's Comet. The shower is visible across the entire globe. Check viewing conditions and tips here.
The past few days have been exciting for astronomers and stargazers with a Supermoon and a rocket launch from Wallops Island, Virginia.
For the first time since 2014, people all along the East Coast will be able to watch a rocket take to the night sky on a trip to the International Space Station.
A bright fireball was seen over Mississippi this morning. Meanwhile, we are days away from the first rocket launch from Wallops Island since a spectacular rocket explosion in 2014. The hunter's moon rises this weekend and it is also a supermoon.
Amazing pictures and videos of the aurora show have been streaming in over the last few days. Here are some of my favorites! Enjoy!