That Galaxy sure is great — until it eliminates your ability to actually see the galaxy.

A new video and surrounding research are raising awareness of light pollution — including those lovely, glowing screens we’re so fond of carrying around in our pockets.

We take it for granted as a side effect of modern life, but researchers at the International Dark-Sky Association say it’s causing cancer, increasing insomnia, spurring sexual dysfunction, and hurting the migratory patterns of animal species.

Plus, it means we urban-dwellers never really get to see the stars, which is beyond uncool.

Check out the clip:

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So, here we are, fellow nerds, torn between our love for nature and being able to view the wonders of space from the comfort of our own planet and our desire to light everything 24/7 with neon tubes, bright bulbs, and glowing screens.

“The starscapes we do see today are a far and faint cry from those that the rest of humankind gazed up to for centuries,” reads the video’s landing page.

“This is why the broad bright strokes of Van Gogh’s Starry Night feel so carnivalesque. And it’s why the term ‘Milky Way’ doesn’t make much sense to us anymore.”

What do you think about light pollution, and do you think we — especially city folks — should be doing more to keep night skies dark and star-friendly?


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