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When Did You Last Look at the Stars?

Updated on March 20, 2010
When Did You Last Look at the Night Sky?
When Did You Last Look at the Night Sky?

What it's all about.

I have always enjoyed looking up at the night sky, stargazing for hours. Not for any scientific reason, it simply relaxes me. I did buy a telescope a while back, sometimes when I looked up at the night sky I saw something that I wanted to take a closer look at.

However I cannot help but notice that the stars always seem fewer and the glaxies a little more indistinct.

The reason is simple, light pollution. This form of pollution is not going to cause the end of the world, It is merely the accumulation of light sources on earth which are obscuring our night time view of the skies above us.

Take a look at the picture to the right, and tell me how much light pollution is in your area, and when did you last look at the stars? and when did you actually get a good view?

So How Can I See the Stars?

Looking up at the sky you can still see many stars in the sky, even in highly populated areas, however the view is nothing compared to the unencumbered view in some of the more desolate areas of the world.

You can of course help remedy this by buying a telescope online, or visiting an observatory, the truth is though to get the best vision of the night, you need to go somewhere where there is no light.

So Where is There No Light?

Unfotunately there are few places left on this planet which are devoid of light. To find true light free nights you may need to travel to the depths of Africa or the Russian barrens. Fortunately you can vastly improve your view of the stars simply by travelling to less populated areas, Finding an area which has no lights for miles around will give you a much better view of the stars than even slightly populated areas, even if you decide to not buy a telescope.


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      CrystalStarWoman 7 years ago from Pevensey Bay, East Sussex, England

      I love star-gazing! I am lucky to live in a seaside village, on the south coast of England, and can just cross over the road and sit on the beach to gaze at the stars if I wish. There is a little light pollution from the next town, but some nights we still get a great and wondrous view of the night sky. I particularly love to see Orion, Sirius and the Pleiades.

      I lived for France for 7 years, in the 90s, and we were in a little country village where the street lights were switched off at 10pm. We had no light pollution and the sky looked immense! We often had visitors from the UK and would sit out with them late into the night, star-gazing. Some of them had never seen so many stars. One night I counted 16 shooting stars...

      What about the moon? Moon-gazing is also wonderful and mesmerizing - but maybe that's because I am a cancerian :)

      Great hub!

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      Faye Constantino 7 years ago from Florida

      this is so true. When you get to Austin, plan a trip through Montana. The wide open spaces there will give you a night view of the stars that is without compare. Driving through the plains you will see nothing around for miles and miles, except miles and miles.

      Thanks for reminding me to look up more often.

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      Tricia Mason 7 years ago from The English Midlands

      I love looking at the stars. They are definitely more noticeable from the countryside than from the city.

      My late Dad said that they were amazing when he was in Sri Lanka many years ago.

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      mod2vint 7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      My piece of the sky is to bright with lights.

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      CMHypno 7 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      Too much light pollution to see the stars well where I live. The best place I have been for stargazing is Western Australia. There is no light pollution out in the bush and you can see so many stars and actually see why it's called the Milky Way! So beautiful, that you can lie back and look at the night sky for hours there.

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       7 years ago

      I grew up in the country where nights were very dark indeed, and the stars were a constant source of wonder and inspiration. Thanks for the hub.

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      Shil1978 7 years ago

      Nice hub! I've enjoyed looking up at the stars and have been fascinated by them all through my life. I reflected on this subject (much like you) by writing a hub on it long, long ago.

      Although I'd like to star gaze myself, I've never quite managed to. Its sad, too, that one can't find many good star-gazing sites.

      Thanks for this nice hub :)

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      Amber Allen 7 years ago

      I'm fortunate to live in a semi-rural area so get to see the night sky with reasonable clarity but so often I forget to look up to appreciate it. I must try harder!