The rhythm of darkness

For those souls that live in perpetual light (pollution) you miss something besides the stars: the lunar cycle. The coming and going of the moon. The full moon is annoyingly bright to us star gazers, but after a few weeks its gone. Then the night sky is dark once more. As the weeks pass the moon returns. Since the beginning of our time we have experienced this rhythm of darkness.

Then the streetlight was invented and where widely used it never gets dark. Recently I ran across an interesting article in Metropolis Magazine that talked about an idea to tie city street lights to the lunar cycle. Called lunar resonant street lights the concept was put forth by a design collective called Civil Twilight.

This looks like a promising idea that would save energy and bring back a natural rhythm that many people are unaware of. Wow, save energy and bring back a touch of the night sky. Brilliant!