Saturday, 9 July 2016

Bring back the night sky

"I would like to invent spectacles that could eliminate the light pollution reaching our eyes so that I can watch the stars without disruption", I replied after being asked an idea for my innovation in the entrepreneurship class.

My teacher smiled and the rest of the class was followed by him reminiscing of how beautiful the sky looks back at his village.

Since decades, the night sky has been a muse for poets, writers and philosophers. Humans have looked up at the stars in awe, questioning their existence and finding a relationship within the stars and the galaxies above. The wonderment of the pristine night sky has ensured that we remember our true place in the universe.

Stargazing has helped me untangle so many of my life problems and has eased my 'writers block' several times. Sadly, living in a metropolitan city, I could never watch the night sky in its whole glory. Light pollution has deprived me and millions of people from the celestial treat up in the sky.

Image courtesy: Google Images

In most cities similar to mine, the sky is virtually empty of stars. Not only it mirrors our fear of the dark, it also leaves behind an orange haze, normally called the skyglow. This is artificially created due to the excess and unwanted lights been directed towards the sky. Light pollution is the result of poor lighting design which throws light up in the sky wherein it should illuminate the ground where it is truly needed. I can't stress enough on how much this has irked not only me but to everyone who has loved the night sky truly.


Skyglow at night (Google Images)

Our nights are vanishing.

Humans have a large well-maintained record for being greedy. As much we have accomplished over the years, we strive for more, to be and maintain at the top of the food chain. Darkness is mystifying, it's scary because of the unknown and the invention of white lights flooding and washing away the stars to create an eternal day eliminated this fear. The willful turning off and on the night by a mere flicking of the switch made us believe that we have mastered the universe.

But have we?

It's high time we act the intelligent species that we have evolved into. Humanity is about empathy. We need to stop being selfish and maintain the harmonious relationship between nature and us. We need to open our window to the universe.

We need to turn off the lights and bring back our stars!

Related post- Stargazing:Diamonds in the sky

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12 comments:

  1. Your concern is genuine. There is a need to spread more awareness about this.

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    1. Indeed, I hope more people understand the same.

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  2. Sakshi, I'm grateful for being able to live in a smaller city with less pollution. I love star gazing, when it's a nice warm summer night I enjoy gazing at all the stars. I do think we need to let the night take over as we rarely enjoy the night enough xox ♡♡♡

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    1. I'm happy that you get to enjoy the night sky often, it has become more or less a luxury these days :)

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  3. I live in a tiny little seaside village and the sky is clear most nights. I love stargazing - stars are amazing and so fascinating! I've also found stargazing helps writers block too - so much inspiration up in the sky!! x

    Amy | The Perks of Being Amy

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    1. I'm go glad that you can witness such beauty everyday Amy <3

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  4. Another masterpiece from the gem we all know as Sakshi!
    I hope you get to see your lovely diamonds more often and request everyone to try embracing the night, it might be fearful but is also absolutely magical! :)

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  5. Great article Sakshi! There's been a concern about this in the country I live particularly from small rural towns whose night time view are being obscured by urban development.

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    1. Thanks Casey! I think we should all unite and take a stand to this problem.

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  6. Lovely reflection Sakshi. And also such a wonderful and heartbreaking picture of the sky comparison. I think we can make this happen as I notice a lot happening in metro cities, various grassroots projects from community side and also government - from cycling to electric vehicles to reduce our emissions, though I completely forgot about light pollution and the lack of planning which results in dispersion of light! that will also require some attention from our side.

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    1. I think we have started taking initiatives when it comes to reducing air pollution and awareness plays a major role. Light pollution needs some care too.

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