I can’t thank you enough for the fantastic article on light pollution (11/10, A-1, “Spotlight shines on light pollution”).
I have an observatory in south Kansas City and have used the telescope for school trips, benefits for local charities, and occasional strolls through the heavens with my own family. It is pure joy to see the stars with your own eyes and feel a real connection with something much bigger than our own lives here on Earth.
Kansas City has set a great example by replacing many streetlights with power-saving downward lights. Private groups are getting the message, too. A large church recently moved into our neighborhood. After talking with their pastor about lighting, he agreed that pointing the parking lot lights at the ground would save his church money and preserve our night sky. The church’s entire parking lot produces less light pollution than one misdirected garage floodlight.
As more and more homeowners and cities get the message about sensible night lighting, they might discover more stars in the sky and a few extra dollars in their pockets.
Thanks again to The Kansas City Star from the Kansas City stars.
James A. Case
Owner, Hound Hill Observatory