March 10, 2019 • 1 min
Last year, an international team of astronomers published a shocking new report on the extent of light pollution on Earth. The bottom line for those who care about the night sky is significant: Some 80% of the globe is adversely affected by night-time light pollution, and the problem in North America is growing worse by 6% each year. More than 99% of Europeans do not see a dark night sky. By percentage of population, Singapore is the most light-polluted country on Earth, followed by Kuwait, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates. Africa is home to the top 10 least light-polluted countries. Such a pollution creates a significant problem; disturbingly, almost one-third of the world’s population cannot fully see the Milky Way. Light pollution is also amateur astronomers' worst enemy as this is not a hobby you do in your basement. That is why an institute is offering a place for amateur astronomers to go, called Dark Sky New Mexico. The site offers world-class dark skies within a four-hour drive of major southwestern cities. The institute provides remote observing and imaging from this pristine site.