The End of Night

The End of Night

Searching for Natural Darkness in An Age of Artificial Light

Book - 2013
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A deeply panoramic tour of the night, from its brightest spots to the darkest skies we have left.
A starry night is one of nature's most magical wonders. Yet in our artificially lit world, three-quarters of Americans' eyes never switch to night vision and most of us no longer experience true darkness. In THE END OF NIGHT, Paul Bogard restores our awareness of the spectacularly primal, wildly dark night sky and how it has influenced the human experience across everything from science to art.
From Las Vegas' Luxor Beam--the brightest single spot on this planet--to nights so starlit the sky looks like snow, Bogard blends personal narrative, natural history, science, and history to shed light on the importance of darkness--what we've lost, what we still have, and what we might regain--and the simple ways we can reduce the brightness of our nights tonight.
Publisher: New York :, Little, Brown, and Company,, July 2013.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780316182904
0316182907
Branch Call Number: 551.566 Bogard 06/2013
Characteristics: ix, 325 pages :,Ill. ;,25 cm

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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 rel... Read More »


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chinthal
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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