Here's How New York City Would Look if Stars Were Visible in the Night Sky

Friday, 06 April 2018 - 8:04PM
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Friday, 06 April 2018 - 8:04PM
Here's How New York City Would Look if Stars Were Visible in the Night Sky
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Harun Mehmedinovic/Vimeo
Like any other bustling metropolis, it's impossible to see much in New York's night sky beyond the Moon and whatever clouds are sulking about.

That's mainly because of all the light pollution produced by the city, which obscures the stars and other cosmic phenomena until you drive a far enough distance away from the city. And that's what makes this video from the SKYGLOW project so striking: it shows how the Big Apple might look if the full night sky was visible over landmarks like the Empire State Building, the World Trade Center, Times Square, etc.

See the full video below:


SKYGLOWPROJECT.COM : NYC from Harun Mehmedinovic on Vimeo.



Unfortunately, this isn't exactly the view you'd see if all the power in New York suddenly went off. The stars here are what you'd see over the Grand Canyon and Death Valley (two low-light spots where it's easy to see the stars) superimposed over New York. SKYGLOW made a similar video for Los Angeles in the past.

But this new video was released now to promote the upcoming Dark Sky Week from April 15 to April 21, 2018. Organized by the International Dark Sky Association, the event draws attention to the harmful effects of light pollution - from the environmental effects like the extraordinary energy costs to light outdoor spaces to simply the loss of starry views - and encourages people to turn their lights off.

Of course, the chances of New York turning out all their lights are slim to none, and the city hasn't looked anywhere close to that since Hurricane Sandy cut power to half of Manhattan for almost a week. But SKYGLOW wants to show how a major and hurricane-free city could look if they really did turn out their outdoor lights.

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