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Horrid, green cloud [May. 4th, 2004|08:29 am]
Tony Grist
The good Beltane weather has been and gone. The TV forecast last night showed Britain blotted out by horrid green digital cloud. I don't know why it was green, but the effect was suitably repulsive. Mokie says there's gonna be a lunar eclipse tonight, but I don't suppose we'll get to see it.

Going off at a bit of a tangent, there was a report the other night about this new brand of street lighting that throws light down and not up. No more light pollution- that would be grand. We live on the edge of a huge conurbation and the sky- on all but the clearest of nights- is orange.

When I was a kid I found the night sky scary. The thought of all those stars being so far away just freaked me out and after gazing at them for the shortest time I had to hurry back indoors to be safe.

I was fascinated by those antique celestial globes which show the constellations as a writhing mass of mythological figures- men and women and snakes and other livestock. I think that played into my fear. The stars looked like points of light but actually they were these Beings- and one of them was a dragon and he was huge.

[User Picture]From: balirus
2004-05-04 08:29 am (UTC)
I miss the stars. I grew up in a rural area where on a clear night the Milky Way was a soft white band across the middle of the sky and there were more stars than numbers with which to count them. Last August during the blackout, I and some friends were on a rooftop watching this darkened city. At dusk all of us realized how rare the moment was as stars appeared overhead.

Billie Holiday sang this one very well:

We lived our little drama
We kissed in a field of white
And stars fell on Alabama
Last night
I can't forget the glamour
Your eyes held a tender light
While stars fell on Alabama
Last night
I never planned in my imagination
A situation - so heavenly
A fairy land where no one else could enter
And in the center - just you and me
My heart beat just like a hammer
My arms wound around you tight
And stars fell on Alabama
Last night
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2004-05-04 09:24 am (UTC)
We were staying in the country at the back end of last year- and there was less light pollution than there is here- but the Milky Way was still so faint as to be almost invisible. I doubt if there's anywhere in Britain- except perhaps the Scottish Highlands- where you can still see the stars in all their pre-industrial splendour.
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