Light’s dark side: How light pollution affects western Massachusetts

Ten years ago, Smith College astronomy professor James Lowenthal would go to the roof of his building on campus. He would look up and see the Milky Way.

Today, that is no longer the case.

“Now you can just barely make out the faintest glimmer of the Milky Way,” he said. “I have to take my students to Cummington, or Chesterfield, or Worthington to see the Milky Way — to see anything approaching a dark sky.”…

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