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    Re: Dark, dark skies in the northeast post-Irene
    From: John Huth
    Date: 2011 Aug 30, 08:22 -0400
    Here's my report on light conditions in the Boston metro area.   There are still some power outages in the suburbs where a lot of tree limbs are down, but Boston proper has a large number of buried electrical cables.   In a long exposure of the sky at night, you can see more glow from the city, but a fairly sharp drop off further west.

    I live in Newton - which is still fairly close to the city.    This time of year, I use the lesser stars of Cygnus (delta-Cygni etc) as light-quality monitors - unlike many nights, these were plainly visible, so I'd say there was a substantial improvement in light quality, although that may have had more to do with the effect of junk getting swept out of the air by the storm than anything else.

    On Mon, Aug 29, 2011 at 1:57 PM, Apache Runner <apacherunner@gmail.com> wrote:
    One of my friends on Cape Cod, who is the Harbormaster of Harwich Port and also a member of the Cape Cod Astronomical Society has gotten a town ordinance passed that restricts the amount of light pollution.    It's a bit of a win-win - you get to see more stars at night and use less energy.

    On Mon, Aug 29, 2011 at 1:04 PM, Alan <alan202@verizon.net> wrote:

    To bad it takes a hurricane to eliminate or reduce "light pollution".

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