One of the things I miss about living in the country is being able to sit outside in the evening looking up at the stars shimmering in the night sky. We did this when I was a kid and the view never failed to enthrall us. We could see thousands of stars (or tens of thousands? millions?). Some of the stars would shine bright and steady while others blinked off and on like the lights on our Christmas tree. And every once in a while, we were lucky enough to see a shooting star.
We tried to find the various constellations, but weren’t all that successful with that. We could always find the Big and Little Dippers, but beyond that, we were just making it up, inventing our own constellations and naming them whatever we chose. A telescope might have helped us with our searches, but we couldn’t afford one. So we made do with our imaginations. What’s wrong with that?
Now that I live in town, I don’t sit outside after dark. Even if I did, it would be difficult to see any but the brightest of stars. Where I live, we have security lights on all night, so it never really gets pitch dark like it does in the country. Maybe someday I’ll have that little place in the country where I can sit on the porch and search the night sky again. I think I’d enjoy that.
- Urban Stargazing (we-make-money-not-art.com)