During a 1994 blackout, L.A. residents called 911 when they saw the Milky Way for the first time
Stephanie Buck
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Personally, I think every primary school kid living in an area with significant light pollution should have the opportunity to visit, maybe as a school trip, an area where there isn’t any pollution. Perhaps schools could link up with observatories, or find some other way to make contact with an astronomer – professional or amateur – who could guide them around the unpolluted night sky. As frustrated as they make me, I do feel slightly sorry for those tinfoil-hatted whack-jobs who seem to fervently believe that NASA is constantly lying to them, and space doesn’t exist, the Moon landings never happened and that satellites and the ISS are all CGI. Sadly, some of these will have bred and doubtless their offspring will attend the kind of school that teaches kids that all science is a lie coz the bible.

I live in the UK, and have only ever seen the Milky Way a handful of times myself, and as this tiny archipelago becomes ever more crowded places that are 90% or more light pollution free are becoming fewer and fewer, but you never stop being awestruck and dumbfounded by its sheer beauty. Every kid should have the opportunity to experience that feeling (even if their parents oppose it – we need to force anti-science religious whack-jobs to take basic science courses (and if that doesn’t work, stick ‘em on the ISS) and people wonder why I’m anti-theistic).

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