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Eldoret, Uasin Gishu, Kenya

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Eldoret is a fast-growing town located in the Uasin Gishu County of Kenya. It is the fifth largest urban center in the country with an estimated population of 475,716 inhabitants as of 2019. Eldoret is renowned for being a hub for athletic training and is home to Moi University, a prominent educational institution in Kenya.

At night, Eldoret is illuminated by a myriad of artificial lights from streetlights, buildings, and other sources. However, this also leads to the city being affected by light pollution, which is caused by excessive artificial light that disrupts the natural environment and the visibility of stars in the sky.

The primary cause of light pollution in Eldoret is the city's rapid urbanization and the proliferation of various industries, which leads to an increase in the use of artificial lighting. As a result, the skies over Eldoret are brighter than they would be naturally, and stars are often difficult to see. The situation is further compounded by a lack of enforcement of lighting regulations and a general lack of awareness among the public about the importance of reducing light pollution.

Despite this, Eldoret still has some notable landmarks that are visible at night. The Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital, which is the second-largest hospital in Kenya, is a significant source of light pollution in the city. The hospital is known for its modern architecture and has several brightly lit buildings that stand out at night.

Additionally, the city is also known for its bustling nightlife, with several entertainment spots such as clubs, bars, and restaurants that stay open late into the night. The lighting in these establishments contributes to the overall amount of light pollution in the city.

The people of Eldoret are generally friendly and hospitable. Most of them engage in farming activities, while others work in industries such as textiles, food processing, and manufacturing. The town is also known for its athletic training camps, which attract athletes from all over the world.

Eldoret is a vibrant city that is quickly expanding. However, its rapid growth has led to an increase in light pollution, which affects the natural environment and the visibility of stars in the sky. The primary cause of light pollution is the proliferation of various industries and a lack of enforcement of lighting regulations. Despite this, Eldoret remains a fascinating city with notable landmarks, bustling nightlife, and friendly people.