Can you see the stars?

Apparently half of the UK can't see the stars due to light pollution...

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  1. Looking up on an evening and seeing nothing but an orange haze isn't exactly the same as looking up to see a sky full of shining stars. 
  2. According  to a recent poll, 53% of those included in a recent star count couldn't see more than 10 stars in the orion constellations. 
  3. This problem isn't just restricted to the UK either, with people in America expressing that the view of the stars in their country is limited too. Imagine a world where we look up and all that's there is nothing but a subtle glow from city lights. 
  4. So what can be done to stop this over-bearing light pollution that's taking the stars away from us? 
  5. The Local Government Association have said that, "Over the past two years scores of local authorities up and down the country have been trialling the switching off and dimming of street lights late at night in quieter areas," but could this be dangerous? 
  6. Switching off streetlights, or even dimming them just to conserve beauty could pose a risk to those getting home late at night alone.
  7. However, some are trying to find a way around this problem. Ms Marrington from the Campaign to Protect Rural England said, "Of course we need the right, well-designed lighting in the right places - and some areas need to be lit for safety reasons - but there should not be a blanket assumption that glaring lights are needed"
  8. Following the story, those who live in the less polluting areas spoke out and expressed how clear the skies are.
  9. Should this be something we worry about though, or should we just accept the fact that lights are needed throughout the night for protection of people. 
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  11. According to Ms Marrington, has also said, "This isn't just about a spectacular view of the stars; light pollution can also disrupt wildlife and affect people's sleeping patterns."

  12. So, the question needs to be asked...
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