light pollution


: artificial skylight (as from city lights) that interferes especially with astronomical observations

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web There's no guarantee, but the best chance of seeing it with your own eyes is a clear dark sky before dawn without the light pollution of cities. George Petras, USA Today, 15 Jan. 2023 Factors that can affect the ZHR include the size and brightness of the meteors, the viewing location, and the light pollution in the area. Jamie Carter, Forbes, 27 Dec. 2022 Regardless, the best advice is to find dark sky, away from the light pollution of cities and streetlights. Carlyn Kranking, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 Dec. 2022 Her face was blanched by the screen, the walls by the light pollution that burned off in the night to settle, like ash, through the skylight. Jessi Jezewska Stevens, Harper’s Magazine , 28 Sep. 2022 Finca Victoria is nestled on a hillside on one of the highest points of the island, with cooling breezes, lush vegetation, a calming soundtrack of Coqui frogs, and very little light pollution — which makes for stellar stargazing. Elizabeth Brownfield, Forbes, 31 Dec. 2022 The skies are very clear there, with little light pollution. Tom Mustill, Time, 17 Nov. 2022 Avoid areas with light pollution, lie down on the ground and point your eyes to the sky for the best views. Skyler Caruso, Peoplemag, 7 Nov. 2022 The goose was in the process of migrating from Alaska and got distracted by the bright lights of Dodger Stadium — a common problem with urban light pollution that can cause the death of millions of migratory birds every year. Los Angeles Times, 20 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1969, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of light pollution was in 1969

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Cite this Entry

“Light pollution.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Feb. 2023.

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