Contemplating the Milky Way

One of the things I love about camping it is usually means I’m far away from the glow of city lights. Last Monday night, when I was at Peninsula State Park, I was treated to a spectacular view of the night sky. The realization that I am away from from city lights really hits me when I can see that ribbon of stars across the sky, the Milky Way.

After my campfire was out that night I must have spent a half an hour gazing up at the astounding beauty above me. From every compass point there were stars too many to count. Across the Milky Way stars were so close together they were impossible to distinguish with the naked eye.

Contemplating all those stars in our galaxy alone can make you feel very insignificant in the grand scheme of the universe. With the recent discovery of new planets, I wonder if someone was looking up at their planet’s night sky contemplating the same thing.