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If you were in New York City during Hurricane Sandy, in the lower half, at least, you got a taste of this first hand.

I had to walk home into the unpowered section of Manhattan every night from work. I took some photos during that time. Unfortunately, as it was still overcast, we never did get a chance to see the stars from downtown Manhattan:


I was in CT (just outside NYC) when Sandy hit. My area was out of power for about a week, and I remember sitting outside on our porch just after the storm started dying down, looking around and seeing... nothing. I hadn't realized just how many lights there were, even in my tiny little town. As much as that whole experience sucked (being without power, water, etc isn't fun), sitting on the porch and writing a song with my roommate that night is one of my favorite recent memories.

Makes me want to go out to the middle of nowhere for a while, just to experience the Real World (TM) again; it's been a long time.

An interesting difference between your photos and the renditions linked here is that the buildings in yours are black silhouettes, while the ones here are fairly well lit up. That's the first thing that stuck out at me: if there is no light pollution, what is lighting the foreground buildings? If you look at the Hong Kong photo, for example, it looks like there is a ton of light pollution: all the buildings, plus the surface of the water in the harbor, are lit by a diffuse glow. The only exception is the sky, which is inexplicably not affected by the same glow, clearly giving away the Photoshopping.

Perhaps there's some combination of moon-lit conditions that would produce that effect, but it sure doesn't look right to me.

On a clear night without light pollution stars provide decent illumination. However, those photo's where clearly Photoshopped.

> However, those photo's where clearly Photoshopped.

That's pretty much what the entire article was about. :)

To get the kind of starry skies shown in those pictures, you'd need an exposure of at least tens of seconds if not more. With that long an exposure, the starlight will be quite sufficient to bring out detail in the environment.

I live 30+ miles from any town of any size and there's still sufficient light pollution seeping over the horizon to make the hills stand out black against the sky. I'm lucky I can see the milky way at all, although somewhat washed out.

Being in the lower side of Manhatten, there would still be sufficient light pollution from all the areas nearby that still had power, that I'd doubt you'd see more than a few stars. You can see the sky glow in your pictures; compare the sky, with its visible clouds with the full-black buildings.

It's basically impossible to get a proper sky anywhere east of the Missisippi.

I went camping on an island just off the coast of florida a few years ago. There was a bit of a glow looking back at the coast, but looking out over the ocean the view was pretty amazing.

Acadia National Park has a decent night sky. That's because Maine is very sparsely populated -- half of the population lives in the 10% of the land area that's closest to Massachusetts. It gets even better if you go farther. Take I-95 up, and exit about halfway between Bangor and Canada.

The Michigan Panhandle is also not too bad. It helps that two sides are surrounded by water, which leads to little light pollution.

Those photographs are stunning – and haunting. Thanks for sharing them.

There's still significant sources of light pollution all around in those pictures. I doubt that you'd have been able to see anything more than the handful of really bright stars on those nights.

Wow, those are really beautiful shots that you took. I did wonder what being in lower Manhattan was like after the storm and your photos capture that first hand. Thanks for sharing.

I remember being disappointed that it was overcast during the blackout. I was so hoping to get a chance to see stars.

A nearby city's lights are enough to hide much of the starscape so depending on how wide a blackout is you might not have seen much.

Amazing photos! What is the streak of light in the sky of the Central Park (?) photo? An airplane or meteor?

Airplane, I believe.

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