First Dark Sky Reserve in Tibet to Limit Light Pollution by China [ Current Affairs ]

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Country’s first dark sky reserve recognized by China for astronomical observation in the Tibetan prefecture of Ngari, bordering Nepal and India and it was jointly launched by the China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation (GDF) and the regional government of Tibet.

Dark-sky reserve:

  • This area is reserved free of artificial light pollution.
  • The resolution of a dark sky reservation is usually promote astronomy.
  • It usually immediate a park or observatory.

Key Facts

  • The Ngari Dark reserve intended to limit light effluence by walking up defense of dark-sky profits for instruction and tourism development.
  • It protects an area of 2, 500 square kilometers.
  • The first dark sky standby is measured only the first step undertaken by China in defensive the area from light effluence.
  • The replacement will also try to seek approval from the International Dark-Sky Association, a non-profit organization grounded in the US.
  • The authorization will help the replacement in protective and defensive the night time environment and dark skies worldwide.
  • Ngari in Tibet is between the best sites for astronomical observation on earth, because of its high altitude and large number of cloudless days during the year.
  • However, in the recent times arrival of people from other areas has assumed rise to cumulative urbanization and thus the related risk of more light pollution.

What is Light pollution?

  • Light pollution is simulated brightening of the night sky which is initiated by man-made easing sources, which has a disruptive conclusion on natural cycles and prevents the observation of stars and planets.
  • It is also known as photo pollution or luminous pollution and essentially is the misdirected or unmistakable of natural light by excessive artificial light.

- Published on: June 28, 2016