The End of Night

The End of Night

Searching for Natural Darkness in An Age of Artificial Light

Book - 2013 | First edition
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"A brilliantly starry night is one of nature's most thrilling wonders. Yet in our world of nights as bright as day, most of us no longer experience true darkness. Eight out of ten Americans born today won't ever live where they can see the Milky Way. And exposure to artificial light at night has been cited as a factor in health concerns ranging from poor sleep to cancer. In his gorgeous debut, The End of Night, Paul Bogard travels the globe to find the night, blending personal narrative, natural history, health, science, and folklore to shed light on darkness. Showing exactly what we've lost, what we have left, and what we might hope to regain, he attempts nothing less than a restoration of how we see the spectacularly primal, wildly dark night sky."--Publisher's description.
Describes how ever-present, modern artificial lights have changed the way humans experience darkness and bemoans the fact that the primal dark sky can no longer influence science and art.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown, and Company, July 2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316182904
Branch Call Number: 551.56 BOGARD
Characteristics: ix, 325 pages ; 24 cm


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May 17, 2018

While I found this book difficult to read, I found it too verbose, there were two things that were very helpful to me.
1. Different colors of light affect our ability to see the night sky. White and blue lights make viewing night sky difficult. Other colors like yellow and red make viewing easier.
2. The author talks about Bryce Canyon being a good place to view the night sky. This motivated me to go to Utah. On May 9, I viewed the night sky near Bryce Canyon with the help of a dark ranger. Our group of 40 used 5 telescopes to view the sky. The ranger scored the clarity of sky to be an 8 out of 10. Even without the telescopes, we saw at least 7,500 stars. Check out this webpage to arrange a tour.

Jul 07, 2014

I stargaze and artificial light blocks good stargazing views .I hoped this book raises awareness about stopping light polution

JCLBryanV Oct 23, 2013

This is definitely the book to read on the problems of excessive artificial light. This is not an issue most people think about. The crux here is what we're missing when too much electric light blares down on us, obscuring our visual connection to the universe. What do we give up? What is our relationship to darkness and what does this have to say about who we are? I appreciate the author's arguments about misperceptions regarding darkness and safety, even if this would be a hard sell to the general public. All in all, though, this is a timely and important book.


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Feb 27, 2017

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