(The very first post I ever wrote)
I was sitting on my front porch looking at the stars, the very few stars I could see, and realized I have never seen the milky way. I have always lived in the city, and the city lights washout the sky, so only the brightest stars can be seen. I was trying to locate Sirius, it’s over near Betelgeuse and Rigel, and in the Milky Way. I found the star, but no milky way. I seem to remember, long ago, when I was a kid, that the sky was so much bigger and darker, with so many more stars. I have this obscure memory from years ago, it had to be in the late 1970’s. We were coming home from grandma’s house; she had just moved out into the country, and we stopped for some reason. It was a dark country road, with cow pastures on either side. I remember the headlights lighting up the road, it seemed like the pastures were glowing orange in the night, and overhead the sky was so big and dark, and there was a trail of stars arching over the sky. Was that the Milky Way? I was too young to know, and now I can’t go look anymore. The sky is washed out everywhere.