Light Pollution on Nantucket: How Bad Is It?
The light pollution on Nantucket is not as bad as in many other places, but it’s growing at an alarming rate. Do you ever look up at the Milky Way and worry that your children or grandchildren might not be able to do that? If we’re not careful, that could happen.
Seen from space today, Nantucket glows like a firefly in the night. Our view of the starry skies is at risk of slowly, imperceptibly, disappearing. It’s estimated that two-thirds of Americans can no longer see the Milky Way at night because of the glare of artificial lights where they live. Light pollution not only spoils our view of the night sky, but it also affects our health, wastes resources, and impacts other creatures on our planet.