The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light
A deeply panoramic tour of the night, from its brightest spots to the darkest skies we have left. A starry night is one of nature's most magical wonders. Yet in our artificially lit world, three-quarters of Americans' eyes never switch to night vision and most of us no longer experience true... show more
A deeply panoramic tour of the night, from its brightest spots to the darkest skies we have left. A starry night is one of nature's most magical wonders. Yet in our artificially lit world, three-quarters of Americans' eyes never switch to night vision and most of us no longer experience true darkness. In THE END OF NIGHT, Paul Bogard restores our awareness of the spectacularly primal, wildly dark night sky and how it has influenced the human experience across everything from science to art. From Las Vegas' Luxor Beam--the brightest single spot on this planet--to nights so starlit the sky looks like snow, Bogard blends personal narrative, natural history, science, and history to shed light on the importance of darkness--what we've lost, what we still have, and what we might regain--and the simple ways we can reduce the brightness of our nights tonight.
Publish date: July 9th 2013
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Pages no: 336
Edition language: English
The End of Night began well enough, but ultimately it failed to sustain my interest or an overall focus on light pollution. Two of my major complaints were the lack of focus and the lack of science.Largely the author relied on personal observations (his own and a number of people he interviewed) rat...
With chapters counting down the Bortle scale (9 to 1), this book examines levels of darkness in the world. Chapters discuss modern fallacies (light reduces crime!) and the real reasons (adding light is an easy win for politicians; utilities need to sell electricity at night). Some very good discussi...
When I first saw this book, I thought it would be another doomed attempt by an amateur astronomer to convince people that light pollution is bad because the night sky is pretty. And oh, I agree the night sky is beautiful -- I have a lot of star gazing under my belt and I care. But I had pretty muc...