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Dark Sky Maps provides an easy to use tool that overlays light pollution data onto the familiar Google Maps interface.

Quickly find areas near you or anywhere in the world with low enough light pollution to view the Milky Way. As a rough guide, look for areas lighter than yellow for the winter Milky Way and lighter than orange for the summer Milky Way.

Location - Allows Google Maps to provide the Locate Me button

Light pollution layers are modified from the public data published with the paper "The new world atlas of artificial night sky brightness". The work uses recently available data from the Suomi NPP satellite.


Data Citation:
Falchi, Fabio; Cinzano, Pierantonio; Duriscoe, Dan; Kyba, Christopher C. M.; Elvidge, Christopher D.; Baugh, Kimberly; Portnov, Boris; Rybnikova, Nataliya A.; Furgoni, Riccardo (2016): Supplement to: The New World Atlas of Artificial Night Sky Brightness. GFZ Data Services. http://doi.org/10.5880/GFZ.1.4.2016.001

night sky, light pollution, artificial light, skyglow

 Free in Google Play


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Version History

Launched Apr 23, 2017 (over 1 year ago).
Jan 07
Version 2.0.1

- Improved searching with autocomplete
- Full screen map
- Long press now creates markers
- Ability to open Google Maps for directions / sharing
- Bug fixes

Apr 22
Version 1.1

UI bug fixes


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