Effects of Light Pollution from Great Leighs Racecourse (UPDATED)
UPDATE (29/08/08) – additional photograph showing the immense glow created by the course from our “dark site” – which is about 20 miles away from the course. Clearly this is a much wider reaching problem than just the close surrounding area:
Here are a few photographs showing how bad the light pollution from the new racecourse is. The skyglow is so massive that it can be seen from several miles away. If it were a clear night, a large part of the sky would be blotted out, meaning the local community would be missing out on the night sky.
This racecourse poses a threat to astronomy in this region. Clearly the racecourse plans need to be reassessed by the local councils – the lights should be illuminating the course NOT the rest of the surrounding area and sky.
Images by David Warrington