Lately, I've been extra-reminiscent of the times that I was lucky enough to star-gaze in complete darkness. I used to go camping all the time with my family. One of my absolute favorite memories was just sitting on the edge of a lake, in the middle of a moon-less night, staring at the sky. The view was absolutely breathtaking and awe-inspiring.
I think it would be a really cool idea to organize a class star-gazing trip sometime in the following weeks. Theory is awesome, and in my opinion greatly contributes to the beauty of astronomy; but there's nothing like looking up at a clear, starry sky.
This picture was taken at the Jackson Meadows Reservoir in Lake Tahoe National Forest.
This picture was taken in a small village by the name of Shevchenky in the Ukraine. The bright stripe on the left hand side is a small two-lane road that is the only "major" road for miles and miles. The long time-exposure on the camera managed to capture a car driving by :]