SETI bioastro: Chilean skies and light pollution

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From: Larry Klaes (larry.klaes@incent.com)
Date: Tue May 22 2001 - 13:49:19 PDT


From: History of Astronomy Discussion Group
[mailto:HASTRO-L@WVNVM.WVNET.EDU]On Behalf Of John M. McMahon
Sent: Tuesday, May 22, 2001 4:45 PM
To: HASTRO-L@WVNVM.WVNET.EDU
Subject: Chilean skies and light pollution

>From CNN (5/22/01):

"Chile's stargazers protect 'world's clearest sky"

VICUNA, Chile (Reuters) -- Under a crystalline night sky
widely touted as the world's best for stargazing, Sergio
Pizarro peered over the edge of the cliff, right into the
face of every astronomer's worst nightmare: light.

About seven years ago, Pizarro remembers staring worriedly
at his booming Chilean hometown of Vicuna, whose blaring
streetlights threatened to blot out the otherwise immaculate
view of space treasured by the numerous professional
observatories on nearby Andean peaks.

Full story at:

http://www.cnn.com/2001/TECH/space/05/22/chile.astronomy.reut/index.html

John McMahon
Le Moyne College


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