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Hiding black hole found

So many of us are helping astronomers (and ourselves) to see the night sky that there are discoveries all the time.  Review the article linked for an amazing find.

As always, please help preserve the night sky by changing your lights to Dark Sky Friendly fixtures available through www.StarryNightLights.com and encourage your friends, family, and neighbors to do the same.

As reported in the March 1, 2019, National Institutes of Natural Sciences and on https://phys.org/news/2019-03-black-hole.html, astronomers have detected a stealthy black hole from its effects on an interstellar gas cloud. This intermediate-mass black hole is one of over 100 million quiet black holes expected to be lurking in the galaxy. These results provide a new method to search for other hidden black holes and help us understand the growth and evolution of black holes.

Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2019-03-black-hole.html#jCp

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Michigan Milky Way

Check out this amazing time-lapse video of the Milky Way over Michigan's Tahquamenon Falls! Thanks to dark sky regulations, hundreds of cities around the world are improving their views of the night sky.

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Doomsday or Dark Sky? Imagine it’s 1994, and you are a resident of Los Angeles, California. The Northridge earthquake has come and gone, and thankfully everyone is alright. You note, however, that the city lights have gone out; the earthquake has taken down the power grid. Relieved that everyone is safe, you step outside to assess the damage to your neighborhood in the pitch black. It’s at this moment that you freeze. Are your eyes deceiving you? Your mind races as you panic. There is a massive, eerie, giant, silvery cloud overhead. Frantic, you pick up the phone to call...

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Where have all the fireflies gone?

11/1/15 - Recently, a customer in Connecticut was asking me about the impact of light pollution on fireflies.  She noted, growing up fireflies were plentiful, but that her 8 year old had never seen one.  I thought back, and the last time I personally saw fireflies was in 2009 in Andover, MA when visiting with the group of best friends from college. The customer noted that she read somewhere that light pollution was one of the causes, and she felt that the practice of using insecticides on mosquitoes to prevent the spread of West Nile virus was taking its toll also....

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