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Embracing the Night

Embracing the Night

“It’s hard to fathom if you grew up in rural parts of the Intermountain West like Foott, but most Americans have never glimpsed our home galaxy, or anything but a handful of the night’s brightest stars. Ninety-nine percent of the U.S. population lives beneath skies that are so polluted with artificial lights that they blot out celestial objects. East of the Mississippi, true darkness no longer exists. Given the speedy pace of development, astronomers predict that ten years from now, there will be just three places in the contiguous U.S. where you’ll be able to view the night sky as our ancestors did for millennia: One spot spans the border between southeastern Oregon and western Idaho; another is in northeastern Nevada.”

by Kelly Bastone

Source: Embracing the Night – Mountain Magazine