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You live like this, sheltered, in a delicate world, and you believe you are living. Then you read a book… or you take a trip… and you discover that you are not living, that you are hibernating. The symptoms of hibernating are easily detectable: first, restlessness. The second symptom (when hibernating becomes dangerous and might degenerate into death): absence of pleasure. That is all. It appears like an innocuous illness. Monotony, boredom, death. Millions live like this (or die like this) without knowing it. They work in offices. They drive a car. They picnic with their families. They raise children. And then some shock treatment takes place, a person, a book, a song, and it awakens them and saves them from death. Some never awaken.
Anaïs Nin

How dark is the night sky where you live? Can you see the band of our Milky Way with unaided eyes?

With the rise of light pollution in this technological age, so few people experience the awe-inspiring majesty of a truly dark night sky anymore. Join the International Dark-Sky Association and stargazers from around the world in celebrating our planet’s lens into the cosmos for International Dark Sky Week!

Seattleites: We have a certified Dark Sky Park right here in Washington!

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