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Light pollution : responses and remedies
Mizon, Bob, 1946-
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Publication Information:
London ; New York : Springer, [2002]

Physical Description:
xii, 216 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm.
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QB51.3.L53 M59 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Light-pollution is the modern scourge of optical astronomy. More and more observing sites are being lost as the glare of city lighting blots out the night sky. Professional astronomical observatories are located far from cities, but amateur astronomers often do not have this luxury. This book considers the two available strategies open to astronomers - get rid of the light pollution by lobbying authorities and standards organizations, and minimize its effects by using the correct instrumentation. The book contains an extensive detailed catalogue of deep-sky and other objects that - despite what one might believe - can be seen from variously light-polluted sites, for practical observers.

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"Light pollution" is the term given to the rapidly rising problem of poor and excessive outdoor lighting used at night. All over the world, it has become a major threat to astronomy in every form and to many species of migratory birds, and it accounts for a huge waste of energy and money. This book is one of the first to document some of the environmental abuses; it is profusely illustrated with color photographs that reveal the many forms of damage to the night sky caused by this excess. No longer can most of the human race enjoy the sight of a dark night sky full of stars with the Milky Way banding across the heavens. Author Mizon lives and works in England, but his responses and remedies apply to the US with equal precision. He details the many facets of the pollution as well as the solutions that are well known but need to be applied responsibly by citizens and their elected officials in all countries. The illustrations provide many examples of good and bad outdoor lighting. This is a book for every amateur and professional astronomer and birdwatcher, and it belongs in every library. All levels. A. R. Upgren Wesleyan University