What Is Skyglow?
A recent study has shown that the Skyglow forces dung beetles in the city to abandon the Milky Way as their compass, they rely instead on earthbound artificial lights as beacons
- The Skyglow, is an omnipresent sheet of light across the night sky in and around cities that can block all but the very brightest stars from view.
- The brightening of the night sky over inhabited areas because of streetlights, security floodlights and outdoor ornamental lights cause the Skyglow.
- This light floods directly into the eyes of the Nocturnal (active at night) and also into the skies and misleads their path.
- ‘Skyglow’ is one of the components of light pollution.
About Light Pollution:
- The inappropriate or excessive use of artificial light – known as Light Pollution (LP) – can have serious environmental consequences for humans, wildlife, and our climate.
- Components of light pollution include:
- Glare: Excessive brightness that causes visual discomfort
- Skyglow: Brightening of the night sky over inhabited areas
- Light trespass: Light falling where it is not intended or needed
- Clutter: Bright, confusing and excessive groupings of light sources.