Here’s what famous cities would look like without light pollution (PHOTOS)

May 22 2020, 7:28 am

The night sky is one of nature’s more beautiful creations and as populations increase, so too does the demand for artificial lighting in some of the world’s most recognized cities.

Lighting pollution affects our view of the nighttime sky from the naked eye, making it near impossible to gaze at the Milky Way in large cities across the globe.

A new photo series, titled Under Lucky Stars, has compiled stunning skyline images taken by photographers across 27 locations around the world and reimagined them to reveal what city skies could look like if they were free from light pollution.

Out of 9,000 stars across the sky, fewer than 100 are visible in most large metropolitan cities across the planet.

“Eighty per cent of the world’s population lives under light-polluted skies as both Toronto and Montreal’s skies score as level 8-9 on the Bortle Scale meaning most constellations are completely invisible,” the Under Lucky Stars website reads.

During the lockdown, starry skies have emerged and have become more visible to the naked eye. As a result, the photo series was launched, showing what the differences would look like.

“The images restore the beauty of nature, allowing you to see the true night sky in cities across the world,” says the website.

From Canada and the US to London, Tokyo, and Cape Town, check out the captivating difference from around the world.

Toronto

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Montreal

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New York

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Chicago

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Los Angeles

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Hong Kong

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Cape Town

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London

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Paris

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Sydney

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Tokyo

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Dubai

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Moscow

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Barcelona

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Fullscreen and high-def photos of all 27 cities are available through the art project’s website.