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By Lou Marzeles
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The light and dark sides of seeing into deep space



At the last Java Talk community discussion group meeting, there was a lively conversation about dark sky compliance. For those still in the dark about this, so to speak, here’s a quick refresher course:

• Lights in a populated area tend to create what some call “light pollution” or “sky glow,” a foggy haze of light that obscures the night sky.

• The more sky glow there is, the fewer stars are visible to the naked eye and the more difficult it is to see objects in deep space with telescopes.

• Most light pollution can be easily fixed by mounting lights in fixtures that shine the light down, below a horizontal horizon to the fixture. While there is an initial cost to convert...

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