Get Away From Light Pollution and See Stars Galore

Dark skies and bright stars humble me as a human.

Person standing on a hilltop with the milky way spreading over them in the night sky.
Image by Evgeni Tcherkasski from Pixabay

I’ve been planning our fall trip to Acadia National Park in Maine. As such I’ve been following some social media pages on Acadia and Moosehead Lake, both places we’ll visit next month.

One thing that I need to become better at is night photography. Like many before me, I turned to YouTube for some tutorials. I’ve only watched one, but it did help me understand what is needed to take clear nighttime photos. Now, I just have to apply that information to my camera.

But, cameras aside, there is nothing as humbling, in my opinion, than looking up at the night sky on a dark, clear night such as we had last night in Northern Wisconsin. We are far from any town, so light pollution is low, and if existent at all, comes from our cabin lights which we can easily control.

Last night, after our first campfire of the season, we headed down to our dock to view the stars and practice night sky photography. I have a long way to go before I am good at doing this, but the view was so inspiring. A moonless but clear night gave the heavens a glow unlike any I’d seen before. The milky way was hard to see from our dock as it spanned the sky above the cabin, not over the lake. But over the lake, we saw the big dipper and…

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Carol Labuzzetta, MS Natural Resources, MS Nursing

Environmental educator with a passion for teaching youth using the science of awe. Traveler, Photographer, Author, Wife, Mother. Boosted Writer x 10