Earth, Moon, and Planets

, Volume 85, Issue 0, pp 517–522 | Cite as

Moonlight Without The Moon

  • Pierantonio Cinzano
  • Fabio Falchi
  • Christopher D. Elvidge


Light pollution, the alteration of the natural light levels in the night environment produced by man-made light, is one of the most rapidly increasing threats to the natural environment. The fast growth of the night sky brightness due to light pollution not only is damaging the perception of the starry sky but it is silently altering even the perception of the moonlight nights by mankind. The cyclic alternation between the new Moon's dark sky with thousand of stars and the moonlight sky, less dark but always full of stars among which our satellite moves, is rapidly changing toward a perennial artificial moonlight due to the man-made light wasted in the atmosphere. The Moon periodically will appear inside the same perennially luminous sky from which stars will have almost disappeared. Here we present a map showing “artificial moonlight” levels in North America and some statistical results.


Atmosphere North America Natural Environment Statistical Result Fast Growth 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pierantonio Cinzano
    • 1
  • Fabio Falchi
    • 1
  • Christopher D. Elvidge
    • 2
  1. 1.Dipartimento di AstronomiaUniversitá di PadovaPadovaItaly
  2. 2.Office of the DirectorNOAA National Geophysical Data CenterBoulderUSA

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