[ASC-list] Shine Dome lights up tonight

Helen Sim Helen.Sim at csiro.au
Thu Oct 27 09:46:39 UTC 2011

Hi Kylie -

I agree with Nick. There's a certain irony here in that the lights of 
Canberra now make it impossible to do significant astronomy from Mount 
Stromlo, and the lights of Sydney aren't much good for Siding Spring 
Observatory either. The Academy is rightly pleased to celebrate the 
achievements of Nobel Laureate Brian Schmidt, yet at the same time is 
going along with a culture of thoughtless lighting that is inimical to 
(optical) astronomy.



On 27/10/11 3:56 PM, Nick Lomb wrote:
> Dear Ms Walker
> This seems an absurd and irresponsible action by the Australian 
> Academy of Science. The Academy should be setting an example in 
> reducing night time lighting instead of adding to it. Night time 
> lighting adds to light pollution of the night sky and so effects 
> astronomers, professional or amateur, as well as disturbing the 
> nocturnal behaviour of insects, birds and other animals. It wastes 
> energy and creates unnecessary greenhouse gases. Most important of 
> all, recent research strongly indicates that night time lighting has 
> deleterious health effects on human beings through the disruption of 
> the production of melatonin.
> I hope that the Academy will rethink this project, the funding for 
> which could have been much better spent.
> Regards
> Nick
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Helen Sim
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