Milky Way Cove

Milky Way Cove
Lubec, Maine

This shot is from the rugged coast of Quoddy Head State Park in Lubec, part of the Bold Coast of Maine. This area has the lowest amount of light pollution that I’ve ever experienced. There is virtually no light pollution except for the on/off beam of West Quoddy Head Lighthouse (which is lighting up the cliff on the right of this image) and a lighthouse on Grand Manan island (the white dot left of center next to the tree in this image). The Milky Way was so intensely bright that you could see it reflected in the ocean with the naked eye. You can also see airglow in this image, the green and magenta stripes in the sky.

Did you know that we can bring back dark skies to populated areas? One of the easiest things we can do is to use less light at night outside our homes, use properly shielded lamps that direct the light downward to where it is needed, and use motion detectors instead of having lights on all night. To learn more about light pollution and how we can all make a difference check out the International Dark-Sky Association and www.darksky.org.

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