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A deeply panoramic tour of the night, from its brightest spots to the darkest skies we have left.

A starry night is one of nature’s most magical wonders. Yet in our artificially lit world, three-quarters of Americans’ eyes never switch to night vision and most of us no longer experience true darkness. In The End of Night, Paul Bogard restores our awareness of the spectacularly primal, wildly dark night sky and how it has influenced the human experience across everything from science to art.

From Las Vegas’ Luxor Beam—the brightest single spot on this planet—to nights so starlit the sky looks like snow, Bogard blends nature, science, and history to shed light on the importance of darkness—what we’ve lost, what we still have, and what we might regain—and the simple ways we can reduce the brightness of our nights tonight.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Absorbing…The End of Night delivers a forceful…critique of our overexposed world.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “It’s impossible not to read this thorough and engaging survey of the subject and not be convinced [that light pollution matters].”

    Evening Standard (London)

  • “To seek to let back in a little of the lost starlight and allow more of nature’s shadow to reassert its balm seem to me both modest and wholesome aims, and Bogard’s book does much to make a case for them.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “A lyrical, far-reaching book. Part elegy, part call-to-arms, The End of Night feels like an essential addition to the literature of nature.”

    Boston Globe

  • “It’s impossible to read it without feeling the impulse to set out for the spaces beyond the city limits and spread out a blanket under the stars.”

    Columbus Dispatch

  • “Introducing us to the pitch-black island of Sark, and groups such as Civil Twilight (designer of streetlights that shut off under moonlight) and Starlight Reserves (which considers freedom from light pollution a basic right), Bogard makes a solid case for hitting the national dimmer switch.”

    Mother Jones

  • “A hymn to vanished darkness. A literary journey. This is a rich book. As you read it, you too will want to reclaim the night and perhaps rediscover the heavens of the Enlightenment.”


  • “A moving, poetic, immersive, multifaceted, and thought-provoking study... Terrific.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Appealing…An engaging blend of personal story, hard science and a bit of history.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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About the Author

Paul Bogard teaches creative nonfiction at James Madison University. He is the editor of the anthology Let There Be Night: Testimony on Behalf of the Dark.