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This Is What Our Cities Would Look Like Without Light Pollution

This Is What Our Cities Would Look Like Without Light Pollution 1

What if our cities were lit by billions of stars? Wipe away the light and air pollution that obscures our view of the cosmos and we would be left with a dazzling light show.

French artist Thierry Cohen has done just that, depicting a world in which our cities and clear night skies co-exist together. “By combining two realities, I am making a third that you cannot see … but it exists! I am showing you the missing stars,” said Cohen to WIRED.

The eerie beauty of the images highlights what we are giving up; a lament to the skies city dwellers leave behind in order to live in a metropolis. 

Since urban skies are polluted with light from street signs and corner shops, Cohen had to travel to the same latitude in another part of the world to capture a clear view of the night sky. The resulting images are the product of under-exposure and a technique known as day for night

To view all 17 images, check out Thierry Cohen’s “Darkened Cities” gallery. Here are a few of our favorites.

Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro 22° 54′ 26” S 2011-06-03 Lst 15:45

New York

New York 40° 42′ 16” N 2010-10-9 Lst 3:40


Shanghai 31° 14′ 39” N 2012-03-19 Lst 14:42

Los Angeles

Los Angeles 34° 03′ 20” N 2010-10-09 Lst 21:50

Hong Kong

Hong Kong 22° 17′ 22” N 2012-03-23 Lst 16:16


Shanghai 31° 13′ 27” N 2012-03-20 Lst 13:57

São Paulo

São Paulo 23° 32′ 09” S 2011-06-07 Lst 11:52


Tokyo 35° 41′ 36” N 2011-11-16 Lst 23:16

Ground Zero

Ground Zero 40° 42′ 43” N 2010-10-14 Lst 3:42

San Francisco

San Francisco 37° 48′ 30” N 2010-10-9 Lst 20:58

Rio De Janeiro

Rio De Janeiro 22° 58′ 38” S 2011-06-04 Lst 15:08

São Paulo

São Paulo 23° 33′ 22” S 2011-06-05 Lst 11:44
Shanghai 31° 13′ 22” N 2012-03-17 Lst 14:47
Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro 22° 56′ 42” S 2011-06-04 Lst 12:34

Hong Kong

Hong Kong 22° 17′ 55” N 2012-03-23 Lst 14:54

Hong Kong 

Hong Kong 22° 16′ 38” N 2012-03-22 Lst 14:00
Paris 48° 51′ 52” N 2021-07-14 Utc 22:18

Source www.iflscience.com

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Awesome, what view we would have


No lights no TV curtains open sun shine coming thru,go pay you’re electric bill


As he sits on his device with the light’s on smells like a doogooder to me .


Why not they made it way back then,you could make it now, wait till we lose all electricity, people will freak out, such spoiled little humans


Yeah dull


what is light pollution we are not living any more in the stonetime


That’s nice …let’s watch the stars together!! 😉