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New push to cut light pollution and keep the skies dark in WA

Around the world, dark night skies filled with stars are increasingly being brightened by artificial light pollution.

Key points:

  • WA's planning agency has released a draft policy on astrotourism

  • It aims to reduce light pollution, energy consumption and costs

  • Astrotourism operators hope the policy will support the industry

But in a move welcomed by stargazers, the West Australian Government has signalled it plans to treat its night sky as an asset and protect it from excessive lighting.

The WA Planning Commission recently released a draft policy which is designed to help reduce light pollution, describing it as "an orange smog which obscures the night sky, as artificial and natural light reflect off moisture and dust particles in the sky".

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