Journal Article

Modelling the spectral behaviour of night skylight close to artificial light sources

M. Kocifaj

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

Published on behalf of The Royal Astronomical Society

Volume 403, issue 4, pages 2105-2110
Published in print April 2010 | ISSN: 0035-8711
Published online April 2010 | e-ISSN: 1365-2966 | DOI:
Modelling the spectral behaviour of night skylight close to artificial light sources

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Spectral features of the night sky are simulated under cloudless conditions. Numerical runs show that spectral composition of the diffuse light changes over the whole sky and sky radiances quickly respond to altering aerosol characteristics, such as the asymmetry parameter, single scattering albedo and total optical thickness. The general trend is a steep decrease of diffuse irradiance with a distance from the city centre. Powerstar HQI-NDL lamps produce more light at short wavelengths, thus implying the higher levels of light pollution. The red light may markedly contribute to the obtrusive light if Vialox NAV-4Y lamps are considered as a prevailing source of light in the model town. In a non-turbid atmosphere, the minimum radiance is notoriously observed close to the zenith. As aerosol loading increases, the minimum radiance is shifted to larger zenith angles at the opposite side of the light source. Obtained results may serve as corrections to spectrophotometry data, as the light pollution can be easily calculated for any sky element and for any spectral band.

Keywords: scattering; atmospheric effects; light pollution; methods: numerical

Journal Article.  3551 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics

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