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artists depiction of epsilon aurigae from free program

Hidden Costs of Light Pollution. Video transcript: It's more than one billion cars burning 2 billion headlights It's argon gas and less than an inch of tungsten metal swinging naked from the ceiling. It’s beautiful at a distance and blinding the rest of the time. It's sealed glass tubes, mercury, phosphor powder, free electrons and ions bumping and vibrating and dully humming. It's 1898 to 1959 the discovery of neon to the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign. It's the las vegas strip. It's the sunset strip. It's strip clubs and stadiums . It's streetlights and streetcars. It's malls. It's your work. It's outside your bedroom window keeping you from sleeping. It's insomnia. It's the slow extinction of animals and insects dependent on darkness for migration and mating. It's the device you obsessively check as you walk down the street raising your dopamine levels while reducing your melatonin. It's a carcinogen. It's one of the reasons women in developed nations are five times more likely to have breast cancer. It's looking down instead of up. It's 2 thirds of the global population, 5 billion people, unable to truly see the night sky. It's the indifferent blinking out of 200 billion stars. [Also...Watch on Youtube.]

artists depiction of epsilon aurigae from free program

Citizen Star Epsilon Aurigae is a free program about the mystery of epsilon Aurigae, and the Citizen Science project to study it. It's an extremely long-period eclipsing binary whose components are about equal in mass, but the primary is visible while the secondary is invisible. What could the secondary be?

icon graphic for transit of venus video Transit of Venus 2012 June 5

Aram Friedman, part of the Williams College Expedition to record the Transit of Venus from Haleakala in Maui, recorded a time lapse video of the complete event end to end in visual light.

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