Astronomy is a great hobby, but it is becoming more and more of a challenge to enjoy the night sky due to the ever increasing problem of light pollution, which makes finding and observing the celestial objects an increasingly difficult and sometimes an even impossible task.
We are rapidly loosing our view of the night sky as artificial lighting makes it more and more difficult to view the stars.
In general light pollution increases by 6% each year.
Click on below links to see more images of the light pollution situation in Northern Europe:
From my location in the Netherlands, it is almost impossible to do long exposure photography without the aid of specialized filters. These filters are specially designed to reduce (but not eliminate) sources of artificial lighting without blocking the light from celestial objects.
Dark skies are a precious asset and should be preserved for all, now and in the future.
Clear (and dark) skies to you all !