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He said: "Some complaints were merely abusive and appeared to be based on ignorance.
"But others were more thoughtful and pointed out that although the scheme would not affect astronomical observations, it could set a bad precedence, for example to commercial organisations that might wish to illuminate the night sky with advertising."
However, a group called the Campaign for Dark Skies has called the plan irresponsible.
"It is ironic that they plan to celebrate physics by destroying the view for astronomers," astronomer Darren Baskill of Leicester, England, told BBC News Online.