Embracing The Darkness

Embracing The Darkness

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.


在一个都市生活有很多值得爱的东西:人,交通,夜市。但是我们的城市缺少了一个东西。它是有的,只是我们看不到它。


它是夜空。


这是银崖(Silver Cliff)的 故事。银崖是美国科罗拉多(Colorado)的一座小镇。这座小镇花了10年推广当地的夜空,成功吸引很多人来欣赏满天星斗。


入夜后,观星人纷纷过来,架起摄影机和望远镜、准备好享受这个得天独厚的夜晚。很难想像,银崖10多年前是个采矿工业城。


银崖居民说:「我们的祖先很幸运,可以看到满天繁星和银河。如今的都市里,我们人类造成的光污染和空气污染,掩盖了我们祖先见过的璀璨星空。但银崖是个很特别的地方,能够欣赏到跟千年以前一样的星空和银河。」


银崖居民接着:「过程很不容易,我们需要把所有的街道路灯全面换新。我们还要找办法打动居民,请求他们配合调节灯光。」



在一個都市生活有很多值得愛的東西:人,交通,夜市。但是我們的城市缺少了一個東西。它是有的,只是我們看不到它。


它是夜空。


這是銀崖(Silver Cliff)的故事。銀崖是美國科羅拉多(Colorado)的一座小鎮。這座小鎮花了10年推廣當地的夜空,成功吸引很多人來欣賞滿天星斗。


入夜後,觀星人紛紛過來,架起攝影機和望遠鏡、準備好享受這個得天獨厚的夜晚。很難想像,銀崖10多年前是個採礦工業城。


銀崖居民說 :「我們的祖先很幸運,可以看到滿天繁星和銀河。如今的都市裡,我們人類造成的光污染和空氣污染,掩蓋了我們祖先見過的璀璨星空。但銀崖是個很特別的地方,能夠欣賞到跟千年以前一樣的星空和銀河。」


銀崖居民接著:「過程很不容易,我們需要把所有的街道路燈全面換新。我們還要找辦法打動居民,請求他們配合調節燈光。」



English translation:

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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