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Future Of Lighting Could Change Color Of The Night Sky
2012-08-08 12:33:59

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Light pollution has been a growing problem recently, and as skylines continue to grow, the night sky becomes dimmer and dimmer. A new shift is taking place in lighting though, and researchers estimate that the color of the night sky may be changing as well. Scientists writing in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society said they have used a new instrument to study how clouds affect sky brightness in urban areas,...

PBS Documentary To Explore The Effects Of Light Pollution
2012-07-05 14:08:31

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The world may start to look a little darker if the Public Broadcasting Service's new campaign has an influence in the matter. PBS will be joining the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) by airing "The City Dark" - documentary that explores the problems of light pollution. IDA has been working for nearly 25 years to raise awareness about the problems light pollution causes by drowning out the night sky. Many of the issues IDA...

New Zealand's Aoraki Mackenzie Named World's Largest International Dark Sky Reserve
2012-06-10 03:00:04

Over 1,600 square miles of New Zealandʼs South Island have just been proclaimed as an International Dark Sky Reserve, making it the largest in the world. The Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve (IDSR), comprised of the Aoraki/Mt. Cook National Park and the Mackenzie Basin, is the fourth such dark sky reserve in the world. International Dark-Sky Associationʼs Executive Director Bob Parks remarks, “The new reserve is coming in at a...


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2004-10-19 04:45:44

Sky -- Although almost everyone have seen it, sky is hard to be defined precisely. Generally, sky is the space seen when one looks upward from the surface of a planet. Some people define sky as the denser gaseous zone of a planet's atmosphere. Clouds, rainbows and weather all occur amongst a planet's sky. In astronomy, the sky is divided into many regions, called constellations. The blue colour of the daytime sky results from the selective scattering of light rays. When the sunlight...

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Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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