We call Missouri the show me state. Does that go as far as show me a star??
“Some Missourians believe the state is in danger of losing an important natural resource. It’s something we only experience at night—-but not everywhere.”
Imagine knowing that in most places on the planet today, it is never dark. Never truly dark. In Missouri, as in every other state with possibly the exception of very rural areas, people can no longer see the night sky. Millions of us crazy earthlings have no idea what a starry sky even looks like! All because of the amount of light always on in our cities and neighborhoods.
The Missouri legislature is currently “being asked to have the Department of Natural Resources convene a special commission to study the impact of light pollution on public health, energy consumption, tourism, natural resources, and wildlife,” according to Missourinet.com.
As always, we are reminded that astronomers can no longer observe the night sky due to ever increasing light pollution. James Roe of Wentzville, Missouri, who is the head of the Alliance for Astronomy, and teaches a class in observing at St. Charles Community College, says “Most people in urban areas have never seen the Milky Way.
“I had a jaw-dropping event with one of my classes. I had a woman come up to me after the classes and say ‘Would you show my daughter a star?’”
Truer words may never be spoken, but I hope this changes, “there will not be a dark sky left in the nation by 2025 because so much energy is being used to illuminate a lot of things that don’t need to be lighted at night.”