A warm, 70 degree Fall day concluded with clear skies and no moon. Without the moon, the stars were clearly visible, even with the light pollution from nearby urban areas. I remember nights like these when I would head out onto the lake in a rowboat or canoe, and just lay back and look at the stars. As my eyes adjusted to the darkness, I was able to see what appeared to be clouds - gas and dust? Or just clusters of stars? I'm not sure, but in this photo, you can see a bit of the cloud-like band I viewed on dark summer nights.
Growing up in Chicago, I rarely saw more than 10 or 20 stars in the night sky. Looking up while walking rural LaPorte County, Indiana on a dark night, is certainly a treat.
Posted by Tom Gill at Sunday, October 26, 2014