A picture shows the Milky Way as seen from thee rebel-held town of Douma, east of the Syrian capital Damascus, on June 6, 2016, on the first day of the holy month of Ramadan. AFP / Sameer Al-Doumy
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One third of stargazers around the world can't see the Milky Way at night because of "light pollution" from buildings, street lamps and other forms of artificial illumination on Earth, according to a new study.The night time glow of artificial lights used to be a nuisance mainly affecting astronomers, but in recent years the effects are being felt by casual observers of the night sky as well."Unless careful consideration is given to LED color and lighting levels, this transition could unfortunately lead to a two- to three-fold increase in sky glow on clear nights".In addition to hampering the work of astronomers, bright nights also affect nocturnal organisms and the ecosystems in which they live, according to the study.In each of these nations, more than three-quarters of inhabitants experience a pristine, ink-black sky at night, astronomers said in the study.
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