When is the last time you looked up and saw the stars?

@AmbiePam (45841)
United States
December 25, 2007 7:51pm CST
My dog was begging me, as dogs manage to do without speaking, to take another walk tonight, even though it was dark. I thought I'll just take him out back for a minute because I can tell he just needs to go to the 'potty.' So thinking it was for a second only, I stepped outside in a hat, shirt, jacket, and shorts. Yes, shorts (at least they were long ones). Needless to say my dog had a different plan than I, and we walked quite a bit further. As we were nearing our destination, I looked up at the sky and saw several scattered stars. Of course I stared hard to make sure none of them turned out to be lights from a plane, lol. But I just sighed at how beautiful it was, and how vast the sky is with the uncompromising beauty that we don't seem to notice every day. So when was the last time you looked up and saw the stars? PS Excluding stars you see when you faint, or stars like Angelina Jolie. (c'mon, some of you were thinking that) : )
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@terri0824 (4975)
• United States
26 Dec 07
I appreciate the vastness of the night sky. Though I don't get to enjoy star gazing as much a I would like to do since I live in the city and the stars are harder to see than out in the open country. I have noticed the full moon that there has been the last several nights. It is as you can almost reach out and touch it. PS I saw your previous discussion about scrooges! Maybe the full moon has this affect on some. I know it does affect my daughter! Even the psychiatrist that use to work for the same department that I did, said, "why do you think they call them lunatics?"
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@AmbiePam (45841)
• United States
26 Dec 07
Lunatics, good point! It has been so long since I even bothered to look into the sky, that I'm not sure how often the stars are even visible since I don't take the chance to even look. : (
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@Debs_place (10551)
• United States
26 Dec 07
Where I work is a great spot for star gazing, to get there, you must drive about 10 miles past nowhere. It is desolate. I'll bet the nearest red light is about 10 miles away. You can see all kinds of stars, more then you ever dream if you live in a populated area with light pollution.
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• Canada
26 Dec 07
I live out in the country so I see them everynight. I love looking at the stars.
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@AmbiePam (45841)
• United States
26 Dec 07
You don't have to anywhere to be treated to a beautiful show. : )
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• Canada
27 Dec 07
Nope and I love it. I prefer to live in the country than the city. It's so peaceful out here other than when the roosters start in the mornings LOL
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• United States
28 Dec 07
Every night. I live in the middle of nowhere and can look up and see every star in the sky as far as I can see. It's really quite pretty. We had a meteor shower not too long ago and I drove our truck out in the back part of our pasture where it's really dark and DH and I put a blanket in the bed of the truck and went to lie down in the bed of the truck and for the next hour, we were fascinated by the lights blazing across the sky. I've seen more than one falling star out there. In fact, I saw one Christmas Eve. I made a wish on it as you're supposed to do that. It started way up high in the sky and then blazed across until it disappeared behind the railroad tracks on the far north side of the area where I live.
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@AmbiePam (45841)
• United States
28 Dec 07
If you aren't already a writer, you should be. That sounds breathtaking!
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@I_LUV_U (2503)
• India
26 Dec 07
You forgot to mention the stars of myLot..lol It has been a very long time, I guess, I do not even remember when it was. Accidentally, I might have seen the stars a few times when I'm out during nights, which I don't remember right now. But purposedly, I hardly do look up the stars, it might be nearly 2 years since I looked up to see the stars the last time.
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@AmbiePam (45841)
• United States
27 Dec 07
I forgot the stars of mylot, but a previous responder sure didn't! : )
@deebomb (15347)
• United States
26 Dec 07
I was out Sunday night looking at the sky. It was very hazy that night where I live. The moon was full and there was a halo around the moon. I have never seen a halo around the moon before. It was something to see. I read that it is to be followed by some weather such as rain or snow. Well we didn't get any rain or sone until last evening Christmas night and we only got rain. But that halo was something to see. I enjoy going out and looking at the stars. I wish I could identify more than just Orion.
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@AmbiePam (45841)
• United States
27 Dec 07
I shamefully admit that without help I can't even pick out Orion!
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• United States
26 Dec 07
Isnt funny how we've seen the stars our whole life, but we can still get mesmerized by them? I enjoy just sitting outside on a warm night, clear sky and just looking at the stars. I could do that for hours!
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@AmbiePam (45841)
• United States
27 Dec 07
It's just too bad the girls can't sit still that long! : )
@sukuru (122)
• China
26 Dec 07
Actually i can't remember when i saw the stars,seems a long time,i still remember when i was young living in countryside i was that shocked when i looked at so many so sparkling stars in darkness,like bright pearl,and i couldn't describle how i felt,just something choked in my chest,some night i even thought the sun's rising when i saw the disc of the full moon,how amazing!
@AmbiePam (45841)
• United States
27 Dec 07
You put that so beautifully. It has been a while since I saw a sky full of stars, but we are thankful for what we are given, yes? : )
@GardenGerty (90227)
• Marion, Kansas
26 Dec 07
This probably happens to me once or twice a month, that I will take out some compost, or some trash, or go get something from the car, and it does just hit you, how vast, the universe, and how clear the stars. We did go out deliberately at two in the morning one morning this fall, looking to see the Pleiades, a meteor shower. I miss taking evening walks, and will have to get back into that sometime soon.
@AmbiePam (45841)
• United States
26 Dec 07
About ten years ago when I lived with my parents, at 2am everyone was up for some reason. So we all piled into the car, drove back on a couple old roads to get to a wide open space where we ended up watching the meteor shower we all wanted to see, but weren't sure we could stay up to see. That's a good memory.
@Rozie37 (15505)
• Turkmenistan
26 Dec 07
I believe that it was Saturday night. My roommate and I were wondering if it was going to rain that night. She told me to look up at the star she had spotted. She said that menat theat the sky was clear and it would not rain. It was a very pleasant surprise for me. I never think to look for stars, but it was nice to see one.
@AmbiePam (45841)
• United States
26 Dec 07
Yeah, that was how I felt. I never look, and I never expect to see them, so when I do it's a welcome surprise.
@jillhill (37354)
• United States
26 Dec 07
Actually I look up at the stars all the time. I am outside alot at night....and do look up. And on nights when it's kinda foggy...there is nothing more beautiful then looking at the moon through a haze. The other night it was blustery but you could look up and still see the moon. It was beautiful as the snow swirled through the air....just beautiful!
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@AmbiePam (45841)
• United States
26 Dec 07
We had some snow doing some serious swirling today, but it quit sometime ago. I would have liked to see how pretty the moon looks through that kind of haze.
• United States
26 Dec 07
The last time I saw stars in the sky was two weeks before I typed this sentence.
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• Philippines
26 Dec 07
yeah... i think it was the other night... it was christmas ever. not so many stars, but three bigger stars... then the very bright moon... it's so beautiful... i can't help not to stare at the sky... :)
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@deebomb (15347)
• United States
26 Dec 07
Halo around trhe moon - Lunar halos are caused by moonlight being refracted by cirro-stratus clouds.
I was out Sunday night looking at the sky. It was very hazy that night where I live. The moon was full and there was a halo around the moon. I have never seen a halo around the moon before. It was something to see. I read that it is to be followed by some weather such as rain or snow. Well we didn't get any rain or sone until last evening Christmas night and we only got rain. But that halo was something to see. I enjoy going out and looking at the stars. I wish I could identify more than just Orion.
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@biggerb (2030)
• India
26 Dec 07
I love gazing at the stars.I live on hill.I can gaze out at the sky if it is clear from my windows itself.I have these huge windows and there is nothing to obstruct my view of the vast sky.I love to look up and see the stars watch the moon.Like you I also stare hard to see if it is the lights of a plane as I can see many of them too.On most of the days its very foggy so I dont get to see the stars.On clear days its simply beautiful.
@KarenO52 (2951)
• United States
26 Dec 07
That's one of my favorite things to do, and I step outside most nights to check out the stars. When the weather is nice, I'll lay out on my deck and try to pick out different constellations.
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• United States
26 Dec 07
It was a couple of nights ago...the sun was almost gone and the sky was extremely clear showing all the millions of stars twinkling...with just a bit of color from the sunset. The best is when I'm camping and can be out and away from the city for a week....I love just laying there and looking up at all the beauty. There are more stars to see out of the city because the sky is much clearer and I just love it.
@xtinelee (3379)
• Singapore
26 Dec 07
I use to love looking up at the stars. I would especially go down to the beach just to lay there and look at the stars. The city is too bright, often, we cannot see the stars clearly too... :)
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@ElicBxn (60052)
• United States
26 Dec 07
I love the stars. I just have trouble seeing them any more, I get up after the sun's mostly up and the city lights make it hard to see the stars right after the sunset when I get in. But I once thought I'd like to be an astronomer, I had a telescope when I was younger. These days I go home, its dark, I go to sleep.
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@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
26 Dec 07
I have not seen the stars for a while. It seems that the sky is quite white and the clouds cover the sky since it became cold. I go out in the day, and all I see is whiteness and at night, there is this blue whiteness that covers the sky and the lights from the houses reflect back instead of dissipating out into the darkness. I will have to wait until the clouds go away, but then it will grow colder, but at least then the cloud cover will be removed, but since I cannot stand the cold, I would rather have the clouds than freeze.