Cityscapes as you’ve never seen them – with light pollution removed
Starry night skies are near impossible to admire if you’re living in a city heavily polluted by light.
There may be thousands of stars visible to the naked eye from remote areas of planet Earth, but for budding stargazers in densely populated areas, looking upwards often reveals a blank canvas.
But a new photo series from a company that designs star maps has now made it possible to view city landscapes the way nature intended.
The company, Under Lucky Stars, has taken 27 cityscapes and matched them with star maps and constellations to give a representation of the sky without pollution using photoshop, which it says affects 80% of the world’s population.
Ten of the worst cities for light pollution, which register a class 8-9 (the highest) on the Bortle Scale, have been brought back down to a class 1-2 with this project.
These include Moscow, Chicago, New York, Cairo, Houston, Buenos Aires, Los Angeles, Miami, Singapore and London.
Take a look at the other cities in the series:
New York, USA
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Cape Town, South Africa
New Delhi, India
Los Angeles, USA
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Seoul, South Korea
Zoltan Toth-Czifra, from Under Lucky Stars, said our planet is part of “a much bigger picture” but that light pollution in the metropolitan world made it “impossible to see”.
He added: “If you were born in a place where stars are invisible, you’ll never forget the excitement and rush of joy you feel when you see the night sky in its unencumbered beauty for the first time.
“And the way you simply cannot take your eyes off the thousands of stars that we chose to extinguish in exchange for modern comfort.”
Offering advice to anyone interested in stargazing themselves, Mr Toth-Czifra said “the trick” is to plan, find a place high up, and remove any close sources of light.
He added: “If you’re central, get as high as possible on buildings or alternatively, head to the outskirts to a darker, quieter area such as a park to improve your chances of seeing the stars.
“Give time for your eyes to adjust to the dark and choose a moonless night, binoculars can help too, you won’t be able to see the incredible view in these images, but it’s a start.”
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