The answer is fuck yes.. . What Would The Night Sky Look Like If Your City Went Dark? Paris York Sao Paulo San Francisco Rio Janeiro ma Angela; Shanghai Tokyo H
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The answer is fuck yes.

What Would The Night Sky Look
Like If Your City Went Dark?
Paris
York
Sao Paulo
San Francisco
Rio Janeiro
ma Angela;
Shanghai
Tokyo
How Kong
Do You Want to Live
Without Light Pollution?
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User avatar #7 - TheGabba (10/16/2013) [-]
Wouldn't skies like these also require all the pollution in the cities to be gone?
User avatar #128 to #7 - haroldsaxon (10/17/2013) [-]
Not really, no. At least not in the suburbs.
User avatar #44 to #7 - sockprague (10/17/2013) [-]
I live in a very rural town. Skies don't look like that here.
User avatar #58 to #7 - CXJokerXD ONLINE (10/17/2013) [-]
Which I guess they're implying would happen if we turned the lights out ( stop burning coal/fossil fuels to light the cities)
User avatar #46 to #7 - Ruspanic ONLINE (10/17/2013) [-]
And clouds
#31 - manofbeardliness (10/17/2013) [-]
The only good thing about living in North Korea is being able to see the night sky at it's best.



North Korea on top and South Korea on the bottom
#117 to #31 - slias (10/17/2013) [-]
With slightly less horrible third worldy-ness.
User avatar #64 to #31 - illusiveman (10/17/2013) [-]
north korea on top? no ****
#73 to #31 - konamicode (10/17/2013) [-]
"North Korea on top and South Korea on the bottom"
User avatar #32 to #31 - jewpiter (10/17/2013) [-]
That's because Best Koreans care about the environment and turn all their lights off when they go to sleep.
User avatar #33 to #32 - manofbeardliness (10/17/2013) [-]
Except for the people in the capital... They're wasteful
User avatar #34 to #33 - jewpiter (10/17/2013) [-]
Well how else do you expect glorious leader to run the country? It is a very hard job, which he accomplishes perfectly.
#156 to #34 - elaxx (10/17/2013) [-]
The Glorious Leader watches over his people day and night.
#9 - solitaryweasel (10/16/2013) [-]
"HEY GUISE, LET'S GO BACK TO THE DARK AGES."
#142 to #9 - Rascal (10/17/2013) [-]
#148 to #9 - uldification (10/17/2013) [-]
There's a difference between reducing light pollution and going back to the dark ages. But rather make an edgy comment, right?
User avatar #15 to #9 - trystanvierra (10/17/2013) [-]
Things were much more simple... Pros and cons, man...
#39 to #15 - nightstar (10/17/2013) [-]
If you mean simple as in probably not living past 30, sure, pros and cons.
#68 to #39 - bann (10/17/2013) [-]
Well now that's just not true. The average was 30 yes...but that factors in the infant mortality rate. If you survived infancy, you usually liked to mid 50's early 60's, longer if you have wealth. Plus surf had way more holidays and days off than the average person does today. Yea the plague ****** things up, but prior and after that life was good!
User avatar #146 to #68 - admiralen ONLINE (10/17/2013) [-]
except you had no electricity, meaning your house doesnt have heat, you cant use computers, you cant get news online, you cant watch tv for news, newspapers cant get information right etc.
#158 to #146 - bann (10/17/2013) [-]
Yea, but I can love those around me, get incredibly drunk on holidays, and still **** my wife while my some 20 kids are asleep (I'd prefer less but hey). I still think life would have been pretty good.
User avatar #161 to #158 - admiralen ONLINE (10/18/2013) [-]
and your wife dies giving birth to your second child because the medical science is so far below ours, you get depressed but there are no therapists to help you and you turn to alcohol, you eventually get over it but die soon after because again the medical science sucks balls
#162 to #161 - bann (10/18/2013) [-]
New wife and alcohol and I'll be good to go! Naw, but it's half expected at that point so there's not much shock when someone dies. Plus given the times a strong belief in the afterlife would make it a bit easier.
#159 to #158 - bann (10/17/2013) [-]
I'd stay warm by spoonin my wife, I wouldn't miss computers if I'd never known them, and as for the news...well it's not like today where watch because I could be hit by a nuclear warhead for one bogus cause or another. Life would be harder, but simpler. More love in it, more feeling...more boning man.
User avatar #160 to #39 - trystanvierra (10/17/2013) [-]
Not having to go to college to get paid for a job you like doing.
#61 to #15 - whyunofeellucky (10/17/2013) [-]
Most of us probably would not survive if we all jumped straight into the Dark ages.
Alot of us are not physically capable to survive in a cold climate without the luxuries we adjusted to, many people have medical conditions that are easily treated now, but are death sentences without them.
User avatar #40 - KayRed (10/17/2013) [-]
The problem in Philadelphia is that even if they turned the lights out, all the muzzle flashes would still cause too much light pollution to see anything.
User avatar #41 to #40 - whywouldyoudothis (10/17/2013) [-]
I heard, like forever ago. That we get doctors from all over here, just because it's a great place to get practice with gunshot wounds... I don't actually have a source for that though, it's just a random rumor that I can totally believe.
User avatar #42 to #41 - KayRed (10/17/2013) [-]
Haha, I'd believe. It has the gun crime, yet it has the funding the Detroit doesn't have, so yeah. Philly, come for the gun crime, stay because your legs don't work because of gun crime.
#66 - strifethethird (10/17/2013) [-]
How the streets would look
#79 - marchinghurdler (10/17/2013) [-]
Honestly, the skies wouldn't look exactly like this. In order to see this much of the stars, we'd need to slow down the rate at which our eyes see. These images were taken with long exposure times, and so even without light pollution, we'd never get as good a sky as that.
#80 to #79 - humorouswaste (10/17/2013) [-]
have u ever seen a starry night sky outside of the city?
#81 to #80 - marchinghurdler (10/17/2013) [-]
Yes. I've been to the Greenbank Radio Astronomy Facility in the middle of the Appalachian Mountains. There's nothing more than a few small towns within a hundred kilometers. And although it's the darkest sky I've ever seen, and there are more stars than anywhere else I've been, it didn't look as vibrant as those images.
#82 to #81 - humorouswaste (10/17/2013) [-]
what was the moons phase?
#84 to #82 - marchinghurdler (10/17/2013) [-]
Either New or Highly crescent. Regardless, it wan't in the sky.
#85 to #84 - humorouswaste (10/17/2013) [-]
I'm perplexed. I went to camp an hour from edmonton and the sky was more vibrant than those pictures.
#92 to #85 - marchinghurdler (10/17/2013) [-]
You saw the Milky Way with the same clarity as those pictures? I doubt that, but I'm not gonna call you a liar.
#100 to #92 - humorouswaste (10/17/2013) [-]
Maybe it was a mental mishap from enjoying the camp. If I ever go back I'll try to remember to take a picture with a normal camera and see what's up.
#106 to #100 - marchinghurdler (10/17/2013) [-]
If you can adjust the exposure time, the human eye is usually around 1/30th of a second per image. Like I said, those images probably have several second exposure times to let in all the light and give off the vibrant detail. There may be some places in the world where you get the level of clarity that you find in those images, but it'd have to be as isolated as an island in the Pacific or some such place.
User avatar #116 to #79 - SirMartin ONLINE (10/17/2013) [-]
You can see just like Newyork and Tokyo
User avatar #11 - aahrg (10/16/2013) [-]
i'm pretty sure light pollution isn't the only factor contributing to the fact that we can't see such detail in our sky...
User avatar #37 - theincorrigibleone (10/17/2013) [-]
I work out in the middle of nowhere in a state park of over 2000 acres. I get to see that kind of stuff every Saturday and Sunday since we have later programs those days and I end up working out there until around 8 or 9 PM. Every full moon we even do moonlight canoe trips where we go with starlight until the moon rises, then it's all by moonlight and they last until around midnight (next one this Saturday). It's one of the benefits of living in a very rural area. That, and fewer chain restaurants.
#21 - gameshredder (10/17/2013) [-]
If we switched from viewing the sky we see now to that one, it'll be amazing for the first like, week or so, but then everyone will just get used to seeing it and it will become as dull and boring as the sky we see now.   
   
I prefer small little samples of what could be. It allows me to be in amazement for a short time when I come across it.
If we switched from viewing the sky we see now to that one, it'll be amazing for the first like, week or so, but then everyone will just get used to seeing it and it will become as dull and boring as the sky we see now.

I prefer small little samples of what could be. It allows me to be in amazement for a short time when I come across it.
#74 - altairtheassassin (10/17/2013) [-]
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What I saw when I turned out the lights
User avatar #113 to #74 - lorkhan (10/17/2013) [-]
Inb4 banned.
User avatar #25 - I Am Monkey (10/17/2013) [-]
I love light pollution. I live in Manhattan near Times Square and it literally never gets dark. At midnight it still looks like it's 6:30.
User avatar #120 - straightbusta (10/17/2013) [-]
WHAT THE **** WHY ISN'T LONDON THERE ARE WE NOT AN IMPORTANT ENOUGH CITY YOU HUGE WANKERS
User avatar #130 to #120 - pongldr (10/17/2013) [-]
I thought the same except less violent/aggravated .
User avatar #163 to #130 - straightbusta (10/19/2013) [-]
THAT IS UNDERSTANDABLE I AM ALWAYS VIOLENT/AGGRAVATED
User avatar #131 - satrenkotheone ONLINE (10/17/2013) [-]
I already live without light pollution back home.
User avatar #83 - corpsedolly (10/17/2013) [-]
I've never seen a sky with even 1/4 of the amount of stars there.
User avatar #76 - makedonski (10/17/2013) [-]
Everyone always forgets about Chicago
User avatar #86 to #76 - darksideofthebeast (10/17/2013) [-]
We don't forget, we just know how much **** it is.



I pulled over in Chicago to ask a person a question once and they frantically rode away on their bike.

Probably afraid I was going to stab their eyes out.
User avatar #134 to #86 - huemynue (10/17/2013) [-]
People are just very cautious, My neighbors Motorcycle was stolen while he was at work at the opera house, the people who stole his bike scouted it/him for weeks
User avatar #87 to #86 - makedonski (10/17/2013) [-]
I've live here for almost two decades and I've never had any problems. Especially not asking for directions
User avatar #88 to #87 - darksideofthebeast (10/17/2013) [-]
Well I was in a bad part of it I guess.

It was near chinatown so I don't know, I live lie 45 minutes away from it so I barely go there.
User avatar #90 to #88 - makedonski (10/17/2013) [-]
Every city has its bad parts.
I just remember every movie in the 80s was in chicago or new york, now it's just california
User avatar #91 to #90 - darksideofthebeast (10/17/2013) [-]
Eh, I don't like cities in general.

I hate that I live so close to one as the post above shows why.
User avatar #94 to #91 - makedonski (10/17/2013) [-]
Just move lol
User avatar #95 to #94 - darksideofthebeast (10/17/2013) [-]
Moving isn't that simple though.

I wish I could pick up and leave like a nomad, I'd be out of here in 10 seconds.
User avatar #96 to #95 - makedonski (10/17/2013) [-]
what suburb are you in?
User avatar #97 to #96 - darksideofthebeast (10/17/2013) [-]
I live in Indiana.

Sort of out in the country.
User avatar #98 to #97 - makedonski (10/17/2013) [-]
All the way out there and no milky way?
User avatar #99 to #98 - darksideofthebeast (10/17/2013) [-]
I can see the lights of Chicago still pretty bright from where I live.


I can see a decent amount of stars (Big dipper, little dipper, Orion's belt ETC...)

But nothing fascinating like this post.
User avatar #101 to #99 - makedonski (10/17/2013) [-]
Sucks. I was just in a remote little village in a valley in Macedonia, and the sky looked just like the pictures every night
User avatar #102 to #101 - darksideofthebeast (10/17/2013) [-]
I want to be able to see this **** so ******* bad...
User avatar #103 to #102 - makedonski (10/17/2013) [-]
look in the sky with your peripheral vision, it's better at picking up light and you might see more stars
User avatar #104 to #103 - darksideofthebeast (10/17/2013) [-]
I'll try that next time I go outside at night.

User avatar #105 to #104 - makedonski (10/17/2013) [-]
It is currently night and outside is just outside the door lol
#108 to #105 - darksideofthebeast (10/17/2013) [-]
It is, but I am comfortable in my bed and I have a fear of the dark.
#65 - specialeddie (10/17/2013) [-]
Beijing would stay the same. went there. couldn't see across the street
User avatar #75 to #65 - makedonski (10/17/2013) [-]
Because of the pollution?
#77 to #75 - specialeddie (10/17/2013) [-]
yep
User avatar #78 to #77 - makedonski (10/17/2013) [-]
That bad, huh?
#59 - CXJokerXD ONLINE (10/17/2013) [-]
We just need alternative sources of energy to cut the air pollution. Easier said than done though.
User avatar #63 to #59 - traelos ONLINE (10/17/2013) [-]
Light pollution =/= Air pollution
#153 - Blasphemer (10/17/2013) [-]
Nah, I don't give two ***** about it. I already have that in Croatia. Nobody ******* cares. Just go to the god damn desert or abandoned area (mountains, woods...) and gaze all you want. It gets boring after 2 minutes and then you never do it again. I have clear night sky every day in my life, I don't think I've looked up at night for at least past 10 years. Pretty stars can go **** themselves.
User avatar #143 - ilikebuttsex (10/17/2013) [-]
I live in sydney, pretty close to the city and you can barely make out a few bright stars even on a clear night, but I remember when I was younger we went out to the countryside and I went outside midnight I was literally terrified by the clear sight of millions of stars and formations, so beautiful and creepy
User avatar #141 - itrooztrooperdown ONLINE (10/17/2013) [-]
I fear it would be dark as **** .
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