All around the world a natural treasure is being stolen from us — the night sky is washing out thanks to all the artificial lights shining in all directions.
The sky in Wellington, New Zealand where I live isn’t too terribly light and I can find my way around a few of the constellations. You can see the Milky Way without difficulty.
Last year though we visited Tonga. The nights there are incredibly dark so when I looked up at the night sky I could barely find anything I knew because there were so so many stars. In a sky full of jewels how can you possibly pick out only a few?
This delightful animated video shows how we’ve relocated light, taking it from where it belongs, and what rewards we could reap if only we were to return it to its rightful place. Do watch:
The last patron of an abandoned observatory takes on an impossible task to show the surrounding city something incredible. A short animation about conflicting existences, natural wonders, and petty theft on a grand scale.
[Via Borrowed Light.]