The Sky Quality Map Europe is a comprehensive source of information for anyone looking for dark skies or wanting to know the level of light pollution in their region.
The map’s data is based on satellite data prepared by the renowned Italian researchers Fabio Falchi and Riccardo Furgoni. This data was calculated taking numerous factors into account in such a way that they allow scientifically reliable statements to be made about the artificial brightening of the night sky. This value, expressed by the ratio of the brightness of the sky compared to a natural starry sky, is color coded on the map. It can also be expressed as an increase in the surface brightness of the sky (in magnitude/square arc second) or a loss in the number of stars visible to the naked eye.
The Sky Quality Map Europe is a high-quality travel guide. Smaller towns, bodies of water, railway lines, roads and sights are also marked on this map. The map can therefore not only serve as a basis for planning, but also as a guide. Other content includes regions such as Dark Sky Parks and Dark Sky Reserves, where protecting the night sky is a priority, as well as locations where telescope meetings are held.
You can learn more about the Sky Quality Map Europe here.
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