L.A. residents thought there might be UFOs in the sky during a blackout because they’d never seen the sky without so many lights before!
Strange lights in the sky aren't uncommon. Shimmering stars, distant galaxies, and orbiting planets litter the night sky, ripe for study.
But what happens when you live in a place with so much light pollution that you may have never seen the night sky for how it really is?
Los Angeles residents barely see a single star among the shining terrestrial lights—until a blackout in the 1990s lead to some humorous results.
Because of light pollution, it's estimated that a whopping 80 percent of people have never seen the Milky Way!
But once, southern California experienced a massive blackout that revealed the naked night sky to thousands of people that had never seen it. This resulted in massive amounts of 911 calls with alarmed citizens reporting strange clouds hovering overhead. UFO? Strange weather phenomena? Government experiment? Nope, just that under-appreciated Milky Way.