Beyond the Bright Lights

Sometimes even the most innocent stories manage to take subtle cheap shots at Las Vegas. In a recent Los Angeles Times article about the Las Vegas Astronomical Society’s quest to establish an observatory complex atop Mount Potosi, writer John M. Glionna describes our city as “one of the most light-polluted places on the planet.” Despite the dig, the story does take an insightful look at how the stargazers deal with the excess of artificial light coming from the Valley, how Los Angeles’ Griffith Observatory provides a positive example, and the LVAS’s determination to introduce kids to the wonders of our night sky.

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