A Dark Night Sky

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A dark night sky is a sky where little light pollution exists – usually away from the city and city lights. When I livef in the Hill Country I lived out of the city. And it was exhillariating to the point of scary to be able to walk out, look up, and see the stars shining so brightly and clearly against a dark, dark night sky. The area was park of the dark skys project…mostly because it was by an Air Force night time training base. Youd hear machine gun fire, explosions, Black Hawk helicopters over at this hundred acre hill country scrub base and they need(ed) the skys unlighted and natural to replicate realistic landscape experiences of the lands that battles and medical rescues would be conducted in. A in the area home can not  have anything but downward facing outdoor lights, no spotlights, holiday lights had just been approve…but it made for dark skys!

I can tell you, living on multiple acres, some uncleared from the areas cypress and oak trees, if one of my dogs was out in the woods barking at night and I  had to go investigate what was happening- the idea of all kinds of varmits from possums to lions to space aliens would definitly cross your mind.

But falling stars, meteors, planets the moon were so easy to site there. It was wonderful .

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