Night Sky

Night Sky                                                                                             Caelum noxOn a good, extra dark, night in Chicago, you might see the constellation of the Big Dipper, but the overwhelming light from the city destroys any chance of seeing the Milky Way.  A recent trip to Wyoming’s back country during the yearly Perseid meteor showers reminded me of just how much night sky we give up for our city existence.  The stars and Milky Way were so numerous and bright that differentiating individual stars was a challenge, and viewing the trails from the streaking meteors became a sublime experience.  As more and more of the planet is urbananized, and light pollution brightens our night sky, it becomes more and more important to occasionally take a moment to look up and be in awe.  If you aren’t able to take a trip to someplace where the night is deep and dark, the internet allows us to experience, at least second hand, the gorgeous night.  Artist Stephane Vetter recently used a Sigma 8 mm fisheye lens to capture a timelapse video of the Milky Way and the Leonids.  Please enjoy his video, Leonid and Zodiacal Light, recently posted to Vimeo:

 

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