P. Cinzano, Thiene, Italy
Light pollution is the alteration of natural light levels in the outdoor
environment due to manmade light sources. Reported adverse effects of light pollution involve the animal kingdom, the vegetable kingdom and mankind.
One of the most noticeable effects of light pollution is the increase in night sky brightness. The light wasted upward by the night-time outdoor
lighting, in facts, lights up the atmospheric particles and molecules producing a luminous background
which obstructs the vision of the night sky. This causes the loss of perception of the Universe where we live.
This Web Site has the purposes to give you
information on the problem of light pollution in Italy and on its possible
Proceedings of the Convention
"Light Pollution and the Protection of the Night Environment -
Venice: let's save the night" are collected in a book of
356 pages, edited by Pierantonio Cinzano and published by the Light
Pollution Science and Technology Institute (ISTIL) with the support of
UNESCO-ROSTE. The book reviews the many aspects of light pollution with a
simple language through contributions of authors of international
relevance: the importance of stargazing to man throughout the
centuries, the situation of the night sky in Europe and Italy, ecological
consequences of artificial night lighting, teaching light pollution at
school, technical measures for an effective limitation of its effects,
controlling light pollution in Eastern Europe and much more. Available
and modelling light pollution is the title of a book of 280 pages
English language, edited by Pierantonio Cinzano and published in 2000 by
Astronomical Society (tel.055 2752270). It collect 25 research papers from the main people of
the field. Available on-line. Also available on ADS.
e protezione del cielo notturno is
a book of 230 pages, published in 1997 by the Istituto Veneto di
Scienze, Lettere ed Arti, Venezia, Italy and written in Italian by Pierantonio
Cinzano. It contains many data tables, figures and photometries of good fixtures
available in Italy, formulas, calculations on light pollution
propagation, units translations, project suggestions, and much more.
Available on-line (in Italian)
Rough translation in English by Google.
ISTIL 2001 on Stato del cielo notturno e
Inquinamento luminoso in Italia published (in Italian) by the Light
Pollution Science and Tecnology Institute (ISTIL) collects many data
on Italy based on satellite measurements: maps of the night sky
brightness, stellar visibility, loss of magnitude, a large statistic on
the situation of the night sky in the Italian regions and provinces and
the capability of population to perceive the Universe.
In Italian with English abstract and captions of maps and tables. Available
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