The City Dark: A Search for Night on a Planet that Never Sleeps [Video]

THE CITY DARK chronicles the disappearance of darkness. When filmmaker Ian Cheney moves to New York City and discovers skies almost completely devoid of stars, a simple question — what do we lose, when we lost the night? — spawns a journey to America’s brightest and darkest corners. Astronomers, cancer researchers, ecologists and philosophers provide glimpses of what is lost in the glare of city lights; blending a humorous, searching tone with poetic footage of the night sky, what unravels is an introduction to the science of the dark, and an exploration of the human relationship to the stars.

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4 Responses to The City Dark: A Search for Night on a Planet that Never Sleeps [Video]

  1. as a former new yorker, i have to say the two strangest things ive ever seen in its sky were fighter jets after 9/11 and stars during the 2003 blackout.

  2. As an amateur stargazer living in a light polluted environment I really wish I could see something more than the big ones Saturn, Jupiter Venus Moon with my telescope. I do remember when I was a little child in the 70's when the galaxy above was visible with it's full glory. Greetings from Athens, GR

  3. My husband and I went to Hawaii for our honeymoon. We went to a dark beach and watched the stars. Never see so many stars on my life, it was amazing. I can't imagine living in a world where that is the normal night sky.

  4. Even here in Kansas it's sometimes hard to find a place. But it's so worth it. At one time, storytellers would use the stars to help entertain. That's been replaced with moving pictures. Gods and Goddesses lived in the sky. Now it's hard to see. I think its from the human's innate fear of the dark. I don't know if we will overcome it. Which is sad, because then we won't know if Raistlin Majere comes to power.