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Power Outage

Yesterday’s power outage in the Northeast is the topic of all news now. Fifty million people were affected. Makes you wonder if all those interconnected power grids were really such a good idea, eh?

In the office here, we were swapping stories about Hurricane Fran’s power outage. Greg and I were both impressed at the number of stars that could be seen in the night sky. All that light pollution was gone. It was amazing. I guess its good to get knocked out of our comfortable world every now and then. Puts things in perspective.

Meanwhile, I’m checking the State Surplus website for used generators, ’cause you never know. 🙂

  1. If you want to get away from the light pollution (and some of the lower atmosphere) to see lots of stars, go to the mountains. The night sky in Boone is incredible!

  2. Yeah, the mountains rule! I’m considering going out to the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute for their upcoming volunteer day. They plan to point their radio telescopes towards Mars and attempt to tune in two Martian probes. As there is a New Moon on the 27th, it would be a perfect time to head out there to see AND hear the stars!

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