Monday, August 17, 2009

IAU against light pollution and beautiful MilkyWay pictures

The IAU (International Astronomical Union) had released an article about Light Pollution last week because our skies get more and more lightened and polluted so we can see less and less stars (in principle, 5000 stars should be seen with the naked eye, but in soome places you can only see ~150). Many people have never even seen our own galaxy, the Milkyway.
The stars and galaxies have always been a great inspiration for artists, painters and poets. A source that we are about to loose.

Aditionally, the light pollution has large effects on the environment, both by using power to run the light and directly on animal populations.

In the last days, quite a few great pictures of the milkyway popped up in the web. As it fits the above resolution, I wanted to post and share them (click for full resolution):

Credit & Copyright: Wally Pacholka (, TWAN)

Credit & Copyright: Wally Pacholka (, TWAN)

Credit & Copyright: Larry Landolfi

Credit & Copyright: Tom @ timescapes from Timescapes (found on Amandas Blog Astropixie)


  1. Nice post - pollution pictures ..Keep Posting

    pollution pictures

  2. the pictures are amazing, however this is difficult to watch, because the light pollution doesn't permit.