On our Friday night trip to the Lake Michigan shore, we stopped at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore to view the beach at night. The Chicago skyline is not an unusual sight - located about 40 miles across Lake Michigan at this point. On clear nights, the skyline looks like a gem sparkling on the black water of Lake Michigan.
One of the more interesting things for me is watching the numerous airplanes coming and going. To me, they look like bees leaving the hive, and with a long exposure, you can see the light trails they leave.
Due to the light pollution from Chicago, not too many stars can be see around the city, but turn 180 degrees, and the sky is dark enough to see for light years. On this cold, windy night, the moon was in the sky, making it more difficult to see deep into space.
I'm not sure which stars and galaxies are visible here, but I find the bright, glowing light just to the left of center to be very interesting. It must be a star cluster or galaxy.
Posted by Tom Gill at Saturday, February 04, 2017