“Every moment of light and dark is a miracle.” -Walt Whitman
To those of you who regularly enjoy clear, dark skies and the wondrous sights they bring, you have not only my envy, but the envy of a great many of us who long to have the wonders of the Universe directly accessible to our eyes. As the Jayhawks sing, you might be dreaming of
But the way our modern world works, humans tend to be clustered together in heavily light-polluted cities.
But that doesn’t mean that you couldn’t enjoy a brilliantly dark sky — at least, one that’s much improved over your city nights — with just a very brief journey! And you can plan that journey yourself with an interactive light-pollution map on your own computer; you’ll be surprised at what improvements await you just an hour or two away from even the largest, most heavily light-polluted cities!