Video Shows What NYC Would Look Like If You Could Actually See The Starry Night Sky

Have you wondered what the Big Apple would look like without light pollution?

New York City has a whole lot of things, but a sky full of visible stars just isn't one of them. Thanks to the light pollution from advertisements, streetlights, illuminated signs, buildings' exterior and interior lighting, and more, it's rare to see stars and planets in the NYC night sky. 


But have you wondered what the Big Apple would look like without light pollution? Photographer Harun Mehmedinovic and filmmaker Gavin Heffernan certainly have. To our delight, they've created a video that gives NYC a spectacular starry night sky as part of their SKYGLOW project. The project is a "hardcover photo book and time-lapse video series exploring North America's remaining magnificent night skies and the grave threat of light pollution to our fragile environment."

The striking video shows what the city that never sleeps might look like under a canopy of stars. The dazzling lights provide a stunning background to landmarks such as the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, Times Square, the World Trade Center, and more. 

To create the video, Mehmedinovic and Heffernan combined footage from the heavily light-polluted NYC and the breathtaking night skies of the Grand Canyon and Death Valley National Park.

The video was released to promote International Dark Sky Week, which takes place from April 15 to April 21, 2018. The campaign aims to raise awareness about the environmental impacts of light pollution and promotes solutions to solve it. Some solutions include using energy efficient light bulbs, using artificial light on when you need to, and using fixtures that shield light bulbs. 

You can check out the video above. 

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