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    Re: Dark, dark skies in the northeast post-Irene
    From: Michael Dorl
    Date: 2011 Aug 29, 06:58 -0500

    On 8/28/2011 10:08 PM, Frank Reed wrote:
    > Off-topic, but for those of you out in the northeast who have power
    > and internet (and can thus read this message) but happen to be in an
    > area where most people don't have power, the night sky is going to be
    > spectacularly dark tonight and probably for a day or two after. It's
    > New Moon, too, so even better. Tell everybody you can to get outside
    > and see the summer Milky Way. Have grandchildren? Show them something
    > they've probably never seen before: a really dark sky filled with
    > thousands and thousands of stars!
    Although I don't live on the coast but in the wilds of Wisconsin, it was
    indeed a great morning for contemplating the sky.  I usually get up an
    hour before sunrise and hit the hot tub.  Jupiter high and a bit to the
    South.  Pleiades almost overhead.  Capella high to the North East.  And
    Mars peeking over the trees to the East as the Sun begins to blot things
    > I do hope everyone out there came through ok. Obviously the storm was
    > weaker than expected, but it still left billions of dollars in damage
    > across the region.
    My daughter lives near Hartford CT, fortunately she came through almost
    unscathed; she reports lots of trees and power lines down and a over
    full pool but no damage and POWER.  Her first reaction after the storm
    passed was to visit some of her favorite water falls to see the effect
    of 4 inches of rain.

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