BBC Cone of Light

Big beams of light shining up into the sky seem to be becoming more and more popular and many people who care about light pollution object to them. Previously I have mentioned Barnsley's Halo of Light but now it seems that the BBC have decided to get in on the act by creating a 900m (3000ft) light sculpture at BBC Broadcasting House. They have commissioned artist Jaume Plensa to design it and have so far got approval from the Civil Aviation Authority and Westminster Councils Planning and City Development Committee.

Although the sculpture has a very worthy purpose - to commemorate news journalists around the world who have lost their lives - it will add even more light pollution to an already very bright capital. Why not put a time limit on it so it doesn't stay on all night? I wonder what planet hunters around other stars would make of the faint orange glow coming from the Earth?

Posted in astro blog by Stuart on Sunday 18th Apr 2004 (15:09 UTC) | Permalink
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