The human eye can pick out light from a distance of about two miles on a flat landscape, so light can have far reaching visual effects beyond that intended. Increasingly, many young people growing up in towns and cities might never experience this beautiful sight if we do not increase awareness and take measures to protect what we do have.
As well as affecting our ability to see dark skies, light pollution can have many negative impacts:
Everyone can help reduce light pollution, reduce energy use and save money by improving the type of outdoor lighting they use.
Shine lights down, not up
Anyone considering external lighting in and around the North Wessex Downs AONB can use this guide to minimise light pollution and preserve beautiful dark skies.
Part One is for anyone installing lighting. Part Two contains information for those setting the framework for development, such as neighbourhood planning groups and local authority policy and planning teams.
Dark Sky Discovery Sites are a nationwide network of places that provide great views and which are accessible to everyone. You can discover them on the Dark Sky Discovery website. They have all been nominated by local groups and organisations.
Do you have a local favourite top local spot to see the stars? If so, why not nominate it as a Dark Sky Discovery Site; encouraging others to enjoy and help keep it dark. Find out how on the Dark Sky Discovery website.
You can find out more about Light Pollution and Lighting Solutions, on the following websites:
The Commission for Dark Skies – provides information and advice on light pollution and how to minimise it.
The International Dark-Sky Association - works to protect the night skies for present and future generations. Website has lots of information and resources.
Institute of Lighting Professionals – Aimed mainly at lighting professionals, but has a lot of useful articles, free and charged resources relating to lighting its impact and minimising pollution.
(CPRE) Night Blight - CPRE’s (Campaign to Protect Rural England) interactive maps of England’s light pollution and dark skies
Follow the work of the UK Parliament’s only all-party group dedicated to reducing light pollution - APPG for Dark Skies