Remember when living in Southern NH meant you lived in the "country"? No more. Now, there are even fewer stars to see with all the light pollution coming from malls, parking lots, stadiums, amusement parks, car dealership spotlights.
I rejoiced a little when I read of Bar Harbor, Maine that recently passed a light ordinance to preserve the night sky for viewing! Click on this link and take a look at the accompanying photo. Had you ever seen the Milky Way before? Isn't it awesome?
Some clear evening, hurry down to the library and borrow Chet Raymo's 365 Starry Nights: An Introduction to Astronomy for Every Night of the Year [523.8 RAY]. Here's part of the entry for today, December 1:
In the northeast Capella broods watchfully over her kids. Seeing these stars again reminds us of the brilliance of winter constellations, and whets our appetite for returning once more to the stars of January.
I suppose if the stars get completely blocked from view here in Windham, we'll still have the many astronomy books in our collection to pore through. Look for them in the 520s in both our adult and children's rooms.
And, each day you can visit the Astronomy Picture of the Day page on the NASA site for a look at the cosmos like you've never seen before!