Thursday, August 14, 2014

Tonight's Sky for August 14: The Great Northeast Blackout (2003)

On this day in 2003, millions of people not accustomed to seeing a truly dark sky to see such a spectacle for one most unusual night. Eventually traced to a local failure brought about by trees on power lines in Northeast Ohio, poor power grid design and inadequate warning systems were blamed for the rolling blackout that eventually knocked out power to over 50 million people in 8 states and most of the Ontario province of Canada.

Needless to say, many city-bound astronomers rejoiced at the lack of light pollution.

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