Thursday, November 26, 2009

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Since the Leonid meteor shower just passed and the Geminids are coming up mid-December, and since I've never observed a meteor shower, today I took the light pollution map of East Asia from the Istituto di Scienza e Tecnologia dell'Inquinamento Luminoso's (Light Pollution Science and Technology Institute) "The night sky in the World" website and super-imposed it on a Google Map of the 长三角 Yangtze River Delta area. Click on the map below for a full-size view:

Shanghai, Hangzhou and Nanjing are all lit up.

So it's true what they say, a dark sky isn't that far away. I think a weekend trip is in order later this winter.

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