In a stunning montage of pictures, Smithsonian Magazine published an article on just about that topic. How does it look at night? Has pollution really taken away the charm of beautiful nights?
Thierry Cohen, took up the challenge some three years ago when he started on a world wide tour to take pictures of major cities minus all the light & air pollution. Cohen fears, as he recently told the New York Times, that the hazy view has spawned a breed of urbanite, sheltered by his and her manmade environs, that “forgets and no longer understands nature.”
Well, here take a look:
San Francisco 37° 48′ 30″ N 2010-10-9 Lst 20:58. © Thierry Cohen
Tokyo 35° 41′ 36″ N 2011-11-16 Lst 23:16. © Thierry Cohen.
São Paulo 23° 33′ 22″ S 2011-06-05 Lst 11:44. © Thierry Cohen.
Paris 48° 50′ 55″ N 2012-08-13 Lst 22:15. © Thierry Cohen.
Los Angeles 34° 03′ 20″ N 2010-10-09 Lst 21:50. © Thierry Cohen.
Hong Kong 22° 16′ 38″ N 2012-03-22 Lst 14:00. © Thierry Cohen
Source: Star Trek, Inspirational Posters by Gary (www.trep.com)
Okay, now this is more of an impulse post for it concerns Star Trek. Now i ask, which child who liked Star Trek wouldn’t have dreamed of actually going to the planet Vulcan and meeting the Vulcanoids?
But dashing all our childhood hopes, comes the recent data set from astronomers who report results of a search using STEREO, two NASA spacecraft that revolve around the sun near Earth’s orbit. They found no new objects hence, ruling out the existence of any vulcanoids larger than about 6 kilometers, which is less than half the mean diameter of the little martian moon Deimos.
So, Its a late goodbye to you, Mr. Spock !!