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What Is Skyglow?

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

About Skyglow:

  • 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.