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The new world atlas of artificial night sky brightness

Overview of attention for article published in Science Advances, June 2016
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Title
The new world atlas of artificial night sky brightness
Published in
Science Advances, June 2016
DOI 10.1126/sciadv.1600377
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Authors

Fabio Falchi , Pierantonio Cinzano , Dan Duriscoe , Christopher C. M. Kyba , Christopher D. Elvidge , Kimberly Baugh , Boris A. Portnov , Nataliya A. Rybnikova , Riccardo Furgoni, Fabio Falchi, Pierantonio Cinzano, Dan Duriscoe, Christopher C. M. Kyba, Christopher D. Elvidge, Kimberly Baugh, Boris A. Portnov, Nataliya A. Rybnikova

Abstract

Artificial lights raise night sky luminance, creating the most visible effect of light pollution-artificial skyglow. Despite the increasing interest among scientists in fields such as ecology, astronomy, health care, and land-use planning, light pollution lacks a current quantification of its magnitude on a global scale. To overcome this, we present the world atlas of artificial sky luminance, computed with our light pollution propagation software using new high-resolution satellite data and new precision sky brightness measurements. This atlas shows that more than 80% of the world and more than 99% of the U.S. and European populations live under light-polluted skies. The Milky Way is hidden from more than one-third of humanity, including 60% of Europeans and nearly 80% of North Americans. Moreover, 23% of the world's land surfaces between 75°N and 60°S, 88% of Europe, and almost half of the United States experience light-polluted nights.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United Kingdom 3 2%
Australia 1 <1%
Mexico 1 <1%
China 1 <1%
United States 1 <1%
Austria 1 <1%
Unknown 164 95%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 35 20%
Student > Ph. D. Student 30 17%
Student > Master 28 16%
Student > Bachelor 22 13%
Other 13 8%
Other 44 26%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 61 35%
Environmental Science 30 17%
Physics and Astronomy 19 11%
Unspecified 17 10%
Earth and Planetary Sciences 13 8%
Other 32 19%

Attention Score in Context

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#91
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#3
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#6
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Outputs of similar age from Science Advances
#1
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