light pollution http://michiganradio.org en Q & A: Filmmaker talks about a night sky without stars http://michiganradio.org/post/q-filmmaker-talks-about-night-sky-without-stars <p>When was the last time you were someplace so dark that you could look up at the night sky and actually see the stars? Not just a handful, but hundreds or thousands?</p><p><em>&ldquo;The Milky Way when it rises here looks like a thunderstorm coming toward you.&nbsp; And you think, oh my god, it&rsquo;s going to cloud over and it&rsquo;s not, it&rsquo;s the Milky Way rising, it&rsquo;s the edge of our galaxy coming up.&rdquo;</em></p><p>That&rsquo;s a scene from a new documentary. It&rsquo;s called <a href="http://www.pbs.org/pov/citydark/"><em>The City Dark </em></a>and it airs on PBS stations starting tonight (check your local listings).</p><p>The film takes a look at our love affair with artificial light &ndash; and why humans and wildlife need the night sky.&nbsp; Ian Cheney directed and produced <em>The City Dark</em> and we spoke with him for today&#39;s Environment Report.&nbsp; Cheney grew up in rural Maine but has been working in New York City. I asked him why he wanted to make this film.</p><p><strong>Ian Cheney</strong>: Well, when I moved to New York City, one of the first things I realized was that I was missing the night sky, and that launched me on a journey to explore this broader topic of light pollution and how artificial light affects our world.</p><p> Thu, 05 Jul 2012 13:00:00 +0000 Rebecca Williams 8151 at http://michiganradio.org Q & A: Filmmaker talks about a night sky without stars