Originally Posted by alnorth
One sad reality today is that virtually the entire US is bathed in such a bright nighttime light that most people spend most of their lives never really seeing how cool the night sky can really be. Even if you are in a small town it all gets drowned out in a dull grayish off-black with only the brightest stars visible.
You pretty much have to go to someplace like northern Arizona or rural Utah to see the true beauty of the night sky. That actually will probably play a significant role in deciding where I want to retire someday 25-30ish years from now.
wrote a really cool article about light pollution a couple years or so ago. I go outside, and I just simply don't see stuff like this:
Absolutely, theres nothing like being waaay out in the country on a clear night. Back in my service days, i spent untold hours using my night vision goggles to stare at the sky while out in the field, the sky literally explodes
with stars when you're wearing those on a clear night out in the boonies.