At the beginning of November 2013, my boyfriend and I took a little road trip from Chicago to Pittsburgh. We are quite the adventurers, and we love love LOVE the stars (really anything cosmos-related) so we decided check out the darkest night sky in the eastern half of the United States.
We were going to be in Pittsburgh for a wedding, so we took the extra day to drive to Cherry Springs State Park, famous for its gatherings of astronomers and regular old stargazers who come from all over in search of more stars than they have ever seen. And we went at a very lucky time -- it was a new moon & there was not a cloud in the sky. So we were able to see EVERYTHING possible.
We were bundled head-to-toe, as the park is on top of a mountain, and once we got into the dark, we knew it would be freezing...and with red flashlights in hand, we prepared for our journey.
The winding road up to the park was exciting. It was darker than any road we'd ever travelled down. We could not see the deer-crossing signs, which made it even more awesome when a huge buck just stopped directly in front of our car and just stared us down. By the time we finally found the park (which was like finding a needle in a haystack), we had to double, triple check to make sure we remembered where the car was parked.
We laid down in the field together under two blankets, and gazed up at the stars in all directions...it was like a dome of stars, and we felt like ants. Once our eyes adjusted to to the total darkness, we felt nothing but awe. I had only seen a shooting star once, maybe twice before...and that night we saw about 50 or 60 in the short time we were there. It honestly was the most wondrous night of my life -- from total darkness, a whole new world to me was illuminated!
Created: Apr 18, 2014LexiScherr Document Media