The Sky at Night

Posted by on November 9, 2012

It’s absolutely amazing.

Sadly I can’t a decent photo of it (where’s Cooper when you need him?) but this is more or less what I can see from the roof of the teachers’ quarters:

First off, the darkness is impressive – when there’s no moon, you really can’t see your hand in front of your face. With no lighting anywhere, the darkness is absolute.

Then the stars… I don’t know if it’s because there’s no light pollution, or because the air is so clear, or because we’re only a few hundred miles from the equator… but they’re incredible! I come from a city, but there’s even more than we could see on Coll. We see shooting stars half a dozen times a night, and satellites trailing lazily across the sky every few minutes.

When there are no clouds (almost every night) we can see a big gas cloud that Harry tells me is part of the Milky Way.

Apologies for the rambling post, but I mentioned to a few people that I was looking forward to seeing the stars, and I wanted to let them know I was not at all disappointed!

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