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    Re: What I did last night
    From: Alexandre Eremenko
    Date: 2013 Jan 23, 21:54 -0500

    Most modern people spend their whole life in cities.
    As a result of light pollution, many do not even suspect
    that one can see Milky way,
    and how many stars one can see with a naked eye when it is really dark.
    Because it is NEVER really dark outside, in the places where people live.
    One has to go to a national park, to a remote area, and even there,
    if you are on a campground, it is not dark. It is only when you
    pitch your tend far away from all inhabited areas, including other people
    tents that you can really see it.
    I've seen several my friends really surprised when I showed them
    how the real sky looks:-(
    > Norm, you wrote:
    > "Over 100 people looked through my scope"
    > Very nice!
    > And you wrote:
    > "and just looked UP for the first time in their lives."
    > Not so nice! Well, I suppose it depends on the city.
    > And:
    > "And certainly no one had ever seen Jupiter's moons before."
    > Oh, they've seen them. They've seen them on the Internet, for sure. And
    > they've probably seen them on tv, too. ;) It's a shame, but the actual act
    > of viewing celestial objects with one's own eyes is dying out rapidly even
    > as it becomes child's play to aim a telescope at the right star cluster or
    > planet or nebula. I always shake my head when I see a web site announce to
    > its readers "don't worry if you miss the eclipse... you can watch it
    > online!" and amazingly enough, for many people that's a satisfying
    > experience.
    > -FER
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