Starry, starry night? Not so much anymore

Thomas Farragher | The Boston Globe
Sunday, August 22, 2021

Tim Brothers of the MIT Wallace Astrophysical Observatory speaks with Boston Globe reporter Thomas Farragher about the importance of reducing artificial light pollution. “There are a lot of other reasons you should care about light pollution. Maybe it’s health,” says Brother. “The reason the bugs aren’t doing what they’re supposed to be doing — feeding or living or pollinating — is the same reason we’re not doing the right thing.”

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Story Image: "About 85 percent of people in the United States live in communities where they cannot see the Milky Way at night," said Tim Brothers, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology astronomer and manager of the Wallace Astrophysical Observatory in Westford, northwest of Boston, near the New Hampshire line. "In the Berkshires, you have something special, and you should try to fight hard to keep it." Credit: courtesy of Tim Brothers, MIT