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Salvador J Ribas Jordi Torra Sergi Paricio Ramon Canal-Domingo

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Light emitted or reflected up to the sky can interact with clouds or fog changing Night Sky Brightness (NSB). So the evaluation of NSB in any place can be affected by this meteorological features and needs to be analyzed. To evaluate this effect, data of NSB obtained with the Catalan Light Pollution Network (XCLCat) has been analyzed accurately and shows how the effect is completely different in urban and protected areas. The study, including for the first time independent cloud coverage data from ceilometer in combination with Sky Quality Meters (SQM), shows how in a city NSB increases dramatically and in a protected area the sky appears darker than in cloudless situation.

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