Wednesday, March 19, 2008

The Dark Night Sky

Have you ever been in the country and looked up at the stars at night. And when I say in the country I don't mean some cutesy little sub division with street lights every 100 feet or so I mean out in the middle of know where with only the trees, the night air, and you. No lights, and no other cars. Not so much as a camp fire. There is a big difference between the way the sky look at night when your surrounded by street lights and the way it looks with no lights around at all. Not even a full moon. The Milkyway is clearly visible as a cloudy strip right across the middle of the sky. The stars are so incredibly bright that it seems unreal. Its really a breathtaking site. I have spent many hours sitting in the dark, out in the woods, just staring at those stars through the branches of trees.

There is going to be a Dark Sky Festival, April 5, 2008 at 7pm in Harmony's Town Square, in Harmony, Florida. The festival is intended to celebrate and promote the benefits of a night-sky free from excessive artificial light pollution.

I have never really thought of excessive artificial light as light pollution but I guess it could very well be since it takes away from the beauty of the night sky so much. I still think you will always have to get away into the deep country atmosphere to really enjoy the benefits of the clear dark night sky.


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