“Don’t get involved in partial problems, but always take flight to where there is a free view over the whole single great problem, even if this view is still not a clear one.” –Ludwig Wittgenstein
You know how bad light pollution is for astronomy, and how hard we try to escape it. We search for the darkest skies possible, away from all man-made light sources. We try to get as high above the atmosphere to clear, stable air, we try and avoid the clouds and stay as far away from the Moon as possible.
You might think, “What better way to do that than from an airplane?” And yet, if you’ve ever been inside an airplane at night, you know that your astronomical views are… shall we say, very limited. Why is that?
Come find out on this week’s Ask Ethan!