I am nocturnal. I sleep during the day and stays awake at night because it suits me best. A lot of people may say that it’s not good for the body, but hey, I sleep 8 hours a day and I probably get more rest than those who stays awake during regular hours. And that’s all that matters to me.
Being nocturnal enables me to enjoy quite alot of things. One of it is solitude, something that’s extremely hard to get during the day in the city. There’s also not much noise except for theÂ occasional street creature’s howl.
Apart from that solitude, I can also see what others may not see. One of it is the red sky. Yes, folks… the sky is red. At least, in Kuala Lumpur it is red at night.
If you think that the sky is pitch black adorned with sparkling stars and the smiling moon, then you’re wrong. Very wrong. The sky is hardly dark in Kuala Lumpur unless it’s after rain. The moon is occasionally visible, but it’s hard to spot clusters of stars in the sky of Kuala Lumpur.
Some may think that the red sky is beautiful and romantic, but the truth is, it’s not beautiful or romantic in any ways. It is deadly, because the air space in Kuala Lumpur is infested with pollution particles.
Did you know that the colour of the sky is determined by which colours of light from the sun get scattered around the atmosphere?
Blue light is normally scattered by the gases like oxygen and nitrogen which make up most of the atmosphere while red, yellow, and other mixtures of light like pink passes right through.
However, gases such as nitrogen and oxygen that does not scatter red and pink light. It is other particles such as water, pollution, and dust that scatters red and pink light that’s making the sky look red or pink.
So, in other words, when the sun light has to pass though lots of pollution, dust, or water particles ,red and pink light can get scattered along with the blue making the sky look red or pink.
The red sky phenomena happens when it is very polluted, or when there is lots of water or dust in the air. The night sky in Kuala Lumpur is always red, if you must know. Trust me. I see the night sky every night as others are sleeping their night away.
It is a sad thing that many do not realize how polluted the Earth is and continues to contribute in abusing Mother Nature ruthlessly in many ways and yet dares to complain about climate changes that has been caused by their own doings.
It’s a sad thing that I can’t urge any of you to help lessen the pollution as it’s in your blood to use air-conditioner while you sleep or whenever the temperature is too hot for you.
It’s a pathetic thing that I cannot persuade anyone to reuse, reduce and recycle things to reduce pollution or use bio-degradable material.
It’s a pitiful thing that my great grandchildren might need to go to a botanical garden just to see strong, beautiful trees that’s a common sight generations before.
Yes… it is indeed a sad thing, that I shall never see the sky truly dark and starry at night again.
Cleffairy: Sometimes, I don’t feel as if I’m on planet Earth anymore. Earth is supposed to be blue, with caressing wind and lush greens, not as red as Krypton.