Sriram Murali, an analyst at Google who's also an amateur astrophotographer, has created a beautiful short film showing how light pollution hides the night sky.
Entitled Lost In Light, it features timelapses of the night sky from nine different locations in California and Oregon, each of which has a different light pollution rating. As you can see, the difference is absolutely shocking. In fact, many of his Murali's friends and colleagues believed he had created the starry sky in post production. Some of the time lapses took Murali up to three weeks to film, as well as countless hours driving to the specific locations, but the result was definitely worth it.
"The night skies remind us of our place in the Universe," says Murali. "Imagine if we lived under skies full of stars. That reminder we are a tiny part of this cosmos, the awe and a special connection with this remarkable world would make us much better beings - more thoughtful, inquisitive, empathetic, kind and caring. Imagine kids growing up passionate about astronomy looking for answers and how advanced humankind would be, how connected and caring we’d feel with one another, how noble and adventurous we’d be. How compassionate with fellow species on Earth and how one with Nature we’d feel. Imagine a world where happiness of the soul is more beautiful. Ah, I feel so close to inner peace. I can only wonder how my and millions of other lives would have changed."
Watch the short film above.