As daylight transitions to nighttime “electric daylight,” the cosmos above never fully reveal themselves to most of us. According to the article, The End of Night, in the digital journal, aeon, “More than 60 per cent of the world, and fully 99 per cent of the U.S. and Europe, lives under a yellowy sky polluted with light.” Satellite imagery reinforces this statistic.
Photo courtesy of Max Saucedo
The International Dark-Sky Association educates about the many benefits of natural darkness, muted lighting, ecolighting, and more. A collective turning off of nighttime lights in office buildings, the use of residential outdoor floodlights only when necessary, the closing of drapes at home (to keep the effects of light inside), and the turning off of unneeded home lights, all help to mitigate light pollution.