The End of Night

The End of Night

Searching for Natural Darkness in An Age of Artificial Light

Book - 2013
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A deeply panoramic tour of the night, from its brightest spots to the darkest skies we have left.
A starry night is one of nature's most magical wonders. Yet in our artificially lit world, three-quarters of Americans' eyes never switch to night vision and most of us no longer experience true darkness. In THE END OF NIGHT, Paul Bogard restores our awareness of the spectacularly primal, wildly dark night sky and how it has influenced the human experience across everything from science to art.
From Las Vegas' Luxor Beam--the brightest single spot on this planet--to nights so starlit the sky looks like snow, Bogard blends personal narrative, natural history, science, and history to shed light on the importance of darkness--what we've lost, what we still have, and what we might regain--and the simple ways we can reduce the brightness of our nights tonight.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown, and Company, 2013.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780316182904
Branch Call Number: 551.566 BOG
Characteristics: ix, 325 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm

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behere
May 17, 2018

While I found this book difficult to read, I found it too verbose, there were two things that were very helpful to me.
1. Different colors of light affect our ability to see the night sky. White and blue lights make viewing night sky difficult. Other colors like yellow and red make viewing easier.
2. The author talks about Bryce Canyon being a good place to view the night sky. This motivated me to go to Utah. On May 9, I viewed the night sky near Bryce Canyon with the help of a dark ranger. Our group of 40 used 5 telescopes to view the sky. The ranger scored the clarity of sky to be an 8 out of 10. Even without the telescopes, we saw at least 7,500 stars. Check out this webpage to arrange a tour.
https://www.darkrangertelescopetours.com/public.html

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chinthal
Jul 07, 2014

I stargaze and artificial light blocks good stargazing views .I hoped this book raises awareness about stopping light polution

JCLBryanV Oct 23, 2013

This is definitely the book to read on the problems of excessive artificial light. This is not an issue most people think about. The crux here is what we're missing when too much electric light blares down on us, obscuring our visual connection to the universe. What do we give up? What is our relationship to darkness and what does this have to say about who we are? I appreciate the author's arguments about misperceptions regarding darkness and safety, even if this would be a hard sell to the general public. All in all, though, this is a timely and important book.

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ryancullen
Feb 27, 2017

ryancullen thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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