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German astronomers fight for dark sky preserve
      #6086827 - 09/17/13 09:17 PM

"Light pollution from bustling cities infuriates astronomers. And in heavily industrialized Germany, a good dark corner can be hard to find. Astronomers have found the darkest one - if only they can protect it."

http://www.dw.de/german-astronomers-fight-for-dark-sky-preserve/a-17091106


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Re: German astronomers fight for dark sky preserve new [Re: ion]
      #6088186 - 09/18/13 02:39 PM

I hope they can do it.

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Re: German astronomers fight for dark sky preserve new [Re: seryddwr]
      #6088627 - 09/18/13 06:37 PM

It's hard to believe they have any dark skies there.
I hope they can also.


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Re: German astronomers fight for dark sky preserve new [Re: richard7]
      #6096250 - 09/23/13 04:24 AM

I know how it is in Germany: you can drive 20 miles away from a city in ANY direction, and you end up too close to ANOTHER city... quite frustrating, really hope they will manage to preserve at least that corner!

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      #6096280 - 09/23/13 06:07 AM

So very true. I speak from experience. I am living in Germany right now along the border with Belgium and The Netherlands, being stationed here with the Air Force. I live in a "rural" part of Germany, with only smaller villages around and the biggest city from me is Aachen which is 45 minutes away. The light pollution is terrible. Even though there are a lot of empty fields, livestock farms and agriculture around me, there is always a village casting it's glow into the sky in every direction. You can't drive more than 10-20 minutes without entering another village, so there is very little true "empty space" not ablaze with a populace trying to fight back the night. Luckily, I only live an hour and a half from the Eiffel, which is a "national park" so there is some darker skies to be found there, but nothing like a true dark site you can find in the U.S.

Add that to the weather which is terrible for Astronomy. It is cloudy all the time here and there is a very long rainy season. It is very hard to plan for a night of viewing because the weather is so unpredictable, often your scheduled outings are clouded over. With all these factors, I would say there are maybe less than 10 good nights of clear skies and good seeing in a calandar year. Quite a discouraging environment for anyone wanting to pursue Astronomy as a hobby!


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Re: German astronomers fight for dark sky preserve new [Re: ion]
      #6103159 - 09/26/13 10:25 PM

Maybe there is hope.

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Re: German astronomers fight for dark sky preserve new [Re: GeneT]
      #6103787 - 09/27/13 09:57 AM

yeah, I can already see the light at the end of the tunnel!!!

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