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POV’s ‘The City Dark’ Asks, ‘Do We Need The Stars?’ Thursday, July 5, 2012 On PBS


The Advance of Electric Light Has Sent Nighttime into Retreat, With Astonishing Effects On Humans and Wildlife.

“A documentary about light pollution that is entertaining and thought-provoking? It hardly seems possible, but that’s what Ian Cheney has made in The City Dark. . . . This film makes you want to go find a starry sky to camp under quickly, before it’s all gone.” — Neil Genzlinger, The New York Times

The town in rural Maine where Ian Cheney spent much of his childhood has about 4,000 residents. Waldoboro had electric lights, but on a cloudless and moonless night, it was impossible not to be struck by the incredible array of stars visible above.

But when Cheney moved to New York City, his familiar world of light and dark was upended. In this metropolis, light was everywhere —but starlight was much harder to find.

Full Story: http://www.pbs.org/pov/pressroom/2012/the-city-dark-premieres-on-pbs-pov.php

Also: http://www.pbs.org/pov/citydark/

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