Disappearing Dippers

I remember clearly as a kid seeing the little dipper pouring into the big dipper in the night sky.  Now the little dipper is just lost in the light pollution.  Even in my chosen, out-of-town spot, with a long exposure it’s hard to pick out.  The first image below shows pretty much what I can see – Ursa Major is clear but Ursa Minor is MIA.  The second one has been brightened considerably so you can start to see the stars of the smaller dipper.  In the third one i went through and painfully picked out all the classic “dipper” stars in green.

19-04-02 real dippers

19-04-02 dim dippers

DS19-04-02 green dippers


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