As our cities grow bigger and brighter, it's now much harder for us to enjoy stargazing. However, some places have started to preserve a diminishing resource: darkness.
In the big city life, there are many things worth loving: people, transportation, night markets. But our cities lack one thing. It is there, it’s just that we cannot see it.
It’s the night sky.
This is the story of Silver Cliff. Silver Cliff is a small town in Colorado, USA. This little town spent 10 years to promote the local night sky, and managed to attract a lot of people to come and admire the sky of a thousand stars.
When night fell, the stargazer arrived one by one, racked up cameras and telescopes, preparing to enjoy this exceptional night. It’s hard to imagine that Silver Cliff was a mining town 10 years ago.
A resident of Silver Cliff says: “Our ancestors were lucky, they could see the starry sky and the Milky Way. In the big cities of today, we humans created light pollution and air pollution, that hides the bright starry sky our ancestors had seen. But Silver Cliff is a very special place, where you can enjoy the same starry sky and the same Milky Way as a thousand years ago.”
The resident of Silver Cliff continues: “The process wasn’t easy, we had to exchange all our street lights for new ones. We also had to find a way to make our residents cooperate and adjust their lighting.”
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