I realized recently that the lack of stars that I see at night is due to the amount of light pollution in Ohio. Centuries ago, one could stand where I stand now and see our entire galaxy, but now, I’m lucky to even see 10 stars.
I don’t know the solution to our light pollution issues, but I need to see the splendor of our galaxy. I know that sounds cheesy, but it’s a key human experience that too many people never have. I attempt to comprehend how infinitesimally small we are in the universe, but someone less curious won’t have the inspiration to try if they can’t see the stars. Think of the thousands of would-be astronomers who will never be inspired by our galaxy in the way thousands before have.
There is a world (or rather, galaxy) out there to see that I have missed all of my life. It’s time to change that.
I wish I could just get in my car and drive to the countryside, but I have life to deal with at the moment. So this summer, when the Milky Way is most visible in the northern hemisphere, I’m going to take a trip to see the stars. Consider doing the same.