What child is not fascinated by the night sky ? If I ever want to feel a tingling in my spine, all I have to do is look at the night sky, even in this light polluted suburban land. As a teenager, I longed to own a telescope, something that was just not possible in the time and place I lived in. I spent a few nights lying outside in the garden, staring at the sky through a binoculars that had somehow come my way. I tried to decipher the constellations and make out interesting patterns. I didn’t succeed much. A decade or so ago, I was in Australia, on Kangaroo Island. I had gone out at night to see the penguins as they returned to land. The power went off and the whole island was plunged into darkness. The night sky in that darkness is imprinted in my mind. There was a large band of light that seemed to split the sky, the Milky Way. When I got an iPhone, the first app that I bought was Starwalk, an app that helped me make sense of the night sky.
Today morning, I came across this beautiful time-lapse video of the Milky Way, taken by a South Dakota farmer and photographer. I loved it so much, I had to write a brief entry about it. As someone said, we can’t help being struck by the night sky, after all, we’re all made of stardust.
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