Italian Light Pollution Science and Technology Institute
New world atlas of light pollution reveals extent of artificial night sky brightness
In addition to being a scourge for astronomers, light pollution also affects nocturnal organisms and the ecosystems in which they live. This new atlas shows that more than 80 percent of the world and more than 99 percent of U.S. and European populations live under light-polluted skies. The Milky Way is hidden from more than one-third of humanity.