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Light pollution a growing problem for astronomers

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Have you seen me lately?  An image of the Milky Way's Galactic Center in the night sky above Paranal Observatory.  Courtesy Wikipedia
Have you seen me lately? An image of the Milky Way's Galactic Center in the night sky above Paranal Observatory. Courtesy Wikipedia

KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- It isn’t easy to be a star gazer in the U.S. in an effort to beef up security and beat back the darkness, a lot of communities have increased street lighting and shopping center parking lots glow like football stadiums.

True darkness, the kind needed to see things like the Milky Way is disappearing, says Mark Miller, a WMU physics instructor and astronomer.

Miller says in big cities the moon may be the only feature visible in the night sky. There may be a few additional stars in the big constellations visible in Kalamazoo.

He says they aren’t asking that civilization sacrifice safety so that they can admire the heavens.

They say there is a smarter way to light America with lights that point down and LED’s that can really be focused.

They say it would save energy and money in the long run.

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