NOAA Satellite. Pic.
Posted 05 December 2012 - 05:11 PM
Posted 05 December 2012 - 07:40 PM
I live on the Eastern Shore of MD . . . in a word - "YES"!; however, there are pockets of pretty dark sites here. 20 mins from where I live is a site that's dark enough to easily see the Saggitarius split in the Milky Way - Tuckahoe State Park.
Posted 05 December 2012 - 08:07 PM
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Posted 06 December 2012 - 02:02 PM
You people near the east coast, is it as bad as it looks?
It's a rather hard photo to interpret, because it's so contrasty. What you're not seeing is the huge range of variation within the areas that look equally bright in that photo.
Posted 07 December 2012 - 02:11 AM
Funny, this thread reminded me of what happened back in 2003 when Hurricane Isabel came through here and wiped out 99 percent of the power statewide. By day 3 (of two weeks without power) we were tired of eating cold and boxed food, so I went outside that late September night to pull the Coleman stove out of our pop-up camper. (What an epiphany we had when we realized it was there!) Anyway, as I exited the back door I stopped in my tracks, dumbfounded.
I had never seen a sky so black and full of stars. The southern Milky Way was drop-dead GORGEOUS. I felt like Jodie Foster in Contact, gazing drop-jawed at it mumbling stuff like "Poetry" ...
This must've been like observing out in the desert southwest. It was stunning!
Unfortunately I was between telescopes at the time. GRRRR! I hope that wasn't a once-in-a-lifetime sight. I might even put up with another hurricane just for two weeks of that.