Ulrich Beinert, born 1983, grew up in Germany and the USA. The early gift of a telescope sparked a lasting love of the night sky, just as a flight in a small propeller airplane did a fascination for aviation and spaceflight. He studied aviation systems engineering and management in Bremen, becoming an airline pilot first on Airbus A320, later on A380 aircraft. From his unique vantage point in the cockpit, he enjoys watching the Earth day and night (workload permitting). Having always been drawn to the dark, he documents the increasing light pollution from above with a digital camera, showing the beautifully intricate but shockingly wasteful patterns of human civilization as they light up the dark.

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