Jeff Urs <jeff...@gmail.com
>Come, flee your coasts; stars still we boast
>Out here where eight's a city.
Good guess that I'm on the coast.
When I was young, we got an okay view of meteor showers just by
climbing onto the roof to get away from direct light. I don't think
that would help much now.
And you don't have to leave the coast for dark skies. The Poconos is
a (long) day trip for me and the skies there are fantastic. I saw my
shadow on grass on a moonless night, and the only thing I can think
that might have thrown it is the Milky Way (though people have told
me that that's impossible).
But for dark skies, you have to get a ridiculous distance from the
nearest cities. And even acceptable sky views require knowledge,
planning, and a longish trip.
There are advantages to living in a big city. And the sky is just one
of the offsetting disadvantages.