Saturday, April 4, 2009

Earth Hour: The Big Picture

Many people celebrated (and some derided) Earth Hour last Saturday night. Landmarks in major cities around the world went dark and people were encouraged to join in. I was at the U of Arizona Mall with my telescope at a star party. Here is an pic of the event (click to embiggen).

I couldn't do before and during pictures since the streetlights never came on and I didn't feel like waiting until they were turned back on afterwards.

This week the Boston Globe's Big Picture featured images from Earth Hour Around the world. Be sure to click on the images to see the cities go dark. It's pretty interesting to see the differences.

Reprinted with permission from the Half-Astrophysicist Blog.


kkdither said...

Very cool pictures. I had to click some of them a couple of times. It is amazing how some of the buildings just disappeared. Some of the views actually looked better without the gaudy lighting. What a shame we pollute our planet only to waste so much needless energy.

Mother nature turned out the lights here with a blast of her own energy. Many folks were without power that night around here.

SER said...

Yes, very cool pics.

I actually turned the lights off inside my house and used candles and an oil lamp...not much of a help but good for grin!

OrbsCorbs said...

I like your pic, hale.