Looking towards the north sky. I’m pretty sure that’s Cassiopeia.
David and I are on a different sleep schedule than most people because he works second shift. Personally, I love being awake during the night hours as it is more peaceful and quiet. Even when David was not working second shift hours, I found my sleep schedule constantly migrating to the late hours of the night. Yes, I am very much a night owl and quite the bear when I wake up!
The downside to this is that it makes it very hard to plan outings. For instance, I would have loved to have gone to the free concert today at Dogwood park; but we would have had to rush out the door as soon as we awoke, especially since we chose to stay up till the wee hours of the morning to take advantage of a power outage. No, not like that, get your mind of the gutter. ;P
At some time between 3:00am and 3:30am, we had a neighborhood blackout. I’m not sure what caused the power outage, but the power didn’t come back on until around 4:30am. We did hear a lot of sirens when we first stepped outside to gaze at the stars, so my guess is that there was an accident somewhere close by. My thoughts go out to whomever was having a bad night.
We could have gone ahead and gone to bed at 3:30am which would have only been an hour or so earlier than normal for us; but we decided to star gaze, something I haven’t done in a very long time – at least, not for a full hour. There is something very special about throwing a blanket down on the ground and lying back to take in the profound expanse of the night sky. Nothing can make me feel quite so small. The universe is an awesome place, indeed!
Last night’s experience was well worth missing the concert today. It gave me the chance to reminisce about one of my favorite childhood memories. I’m sure that I get my love for gazing at the stars and moon from my dad. I remember the quilt that Daddy would spread out on the lawn of our old, country two-story farmhouse on summer nights and him pointing out constellations in the night sky while my sister and I listened intently. After our neighbor had a street light installed at the edge of our properties, this would come to an end; but I’m left with a special memory that I am so glad to have shared with my dad.
Light Pollution from the South – That would more than likely be the lights at TTU.
Straight up, but probably more west than north.
Most of these images were captured using an ISO speed of 800 and 15 second exposure.
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It was a happy coincidence that this power outage occurred early this morning because I was wanting some great night photos for the scavenger hunt community collaboration project over at NickExposed.com. I’m very pleased with these and hope they inspire you to take the time to appreciate the greatness that is our universe. Share the moment with your children for you never know what wonder it will inspire.