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The Night Sky

Posted in wonder by dingodonkey on August 23, 2009

I’m one of the one-fifth of the world’s population that can’t see the Milky Way at night.  Yes, I live in a fairly rural/suburban area of Western New York.  It’s an hour and a half or two hour drive to get to the nearest cities (Rochester, Syracuse, etc).  But there’s no Milky Way unless I drive a half hour out into the country.

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I’ve never seen the stunning natural views of Jim Richardson shooting for National Geographic’s November 2008 article on light pollution.  Never in my entire life have I even come close.

I only see the bright stars.  There are more than I can count — it’s not like I live in a city and can only see two stars — but I only see the points of light, no stunning celestial clouds.  I need to fix this.

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  1. Les@spillingbuckets said, on August 25, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    I was able to see them once – at camp during an overnight trip. It was truly awe-inspiring and dizzying.

    • dingodonkey said, on August 25, 2009 at 5:35 pm

      I think I might need to pick a clear night and drive out into the country with my telescope… I’m missing out.


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