|2001-11-09 04:53 (UTC)
|Not tough to do
It may take a little bit of traveling, but it's not too tough to get away from the light pollution of cities. The more extensive the traveling, the better the view you'll get. I went camping up in Northern Maine with my uncle and it was incredible. I would just lay out in the back on the cabin in the hammock and stare up at the sky. Not only did I get an incredible view of the stars, but there was the added coolness of bats zipping overhead chasing down mosquitoes.
The best view I've had though was from out in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. A little over a year ago, when myself and Julie took a trip to Florida with my best friend and his fiancee the package thing included a 2 day Bahamas cruise. On the way back, I was walking the deck with Julie at night. They keep all of the lights off on the front of the boat and you can just lay out there on lounge chairs and stare up at the sky. I've never seen so many shooting stars in my life, it was a breathtaking sight. Then there was all of the stars, nebulas, and other galaxies that you could see.
I just have one question though. Even if there wasn't any light polution in the US, we wouldn't be able to see the Borealis, would we? I know that certain parts of the country have effects similar to the Aurora Borealis every now and then and people would freak out when it happened, but I don't think most of the country did.
I would love to travel up North and see the Auroras in person. It's incredible to see in pictures, but I can only imagine what it would be like to see in person.