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Light Pollution: A World Awash in Light

Slowly, but surely, the night sky in Singapore is being lost as a result of the sheer increase in the brightness of the city centre. The stars seen in Singapore have undergone a dramatic drop since the industralisation of Singapore began in the 1960s.

Then, former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew was able to bring his royal guests from Japan to see the Southern Cross from the roof of the Istana. Now, the Southern Cross is barely visible from the CBD, except under the darkest and clearest conditions.

Singapore, a modern metropolitan city, has lost the beauty of the night. Such a loss is indeed a lamentable fact- the young generation would no longer have the night sky to be a catalyst to inspire budding scientists and astronomers.

What is the situation of light pollution in Singapore? What can we all do? What effects does light pollution have on the environment? This web site is intended to give you a better understanding of the night sky and why we should all take steps to preserve it.

Tucson, the world's first "dark sky city", in the U.S. state of Arizona, has a population of 500 000, yet the Milky Way can be seen from the heart of the city. This serves as a reminder to all of us, and a target to meet, that we can aspire to achieve a truly dark sky for all.

National Dark-Sky Day 2006

 

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