With the night sky being such a vision of beauty and tranquillity can we afford to forget it is there.
Is it time to change the way we light the night time, can we use less light to illuminate our way home.
Instead of lighting roads to high levels why not use less energy illuminating the pathway for people, cars have headlights, people do not.
Less light going into the atmosphere may mean we see the sights above.
Nearly a third of people on the planet have never seen the Milky Way, due to artificial illumination in towns and cities. The situation is considerably worse in the United States, where 80 percent of people have never seen an unrestricted night sky view. We've got whole generations of people in the United States who have never seen the Milky Way Chris Elvidge - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ‘We’ve got whole generations of people in the United States who have never seen the Milky Way,’ commented Chris Elvidge, a scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and co-author of the Global Atlas of Light that was recently published in the journal Science Advances. ‘Seeing the stars is a big part of our connection to the cosmos and it is being lost at a great rate.’