How Dark was YOUR Earth Hour?

Dark Enough to See Stars?

We spent our Earth Hour last night in front of a nice fire in the fireplace, all of our lights turned off (but not, alas the rendering computer). It was nice. Outside, the sky was quite clear, and Sirius was hugely bright in the southwestern sky. A bit too cold to stay out the entire hour, but still a nice way to spend a Saturday night. In Sydney, Australia (where Earth Hour originated, and a place I thoroughly loved visiting a couple of years ag0), some 2 million people hit the “off” switch on their lights, and as the globe turned, millions more did the same. (You can find out where else they did it by doing a search on “Earth Hour” in Google, which itself went black to celebrate this relaxing practice that saved energy across the world. Cities around the world took place, making an event out of it.) I liked the story from Denmark, detailing how crowds of people gathered in Copenhagen to do a little stargazing through telescopes set up by the Copenhagen Astronomy Society.

I had this idea (and I’m sure others have, too) that an Earth Hour every week or so wouldn’t be a bad thing. A time to stargaze, or sit and visit with loved ones, or simply meditate on life’s mysteries while in the dark. A little slowdown in life’s headlong rush. Not such a bad thing.

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