Light pollution is a widespread problem, not just for astrophotography, but for anyone who simply enjoys looking at the night sky. And unfortunately, it looks like the problem is only getting worse.
Coming to you from Astro Backyard, this interesting video discusses the increasing issue of light pollution. If you have ever seen the night sky in a truly rural area, you might have been surprised by just how much there is to see, even with just the naked eye. Given how relatively small the amount of light that reaches Earth from outer space is, it does not take much artificial light to overwhelm it, which is why it is so hard to see much of the night sky in even a medium-sized city. On top of that, we are now seeing increasing issues in space itself, particularly with SpaceX's launch of its Starlink internet service, which has already put over 1,000 satellites in the sky, with thousands more to come, which will only further complicate astrophotography work.
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Check out the video above for the full rundown.