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When it is dark outside I am happiest to see ...

by hippo (Canon)
on Feb 01, 2018 at 17:56 UTC ( #1208269=poll: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

vote on When it is dark outside I am happiest to see ...

Fireworks
[bar] 21/6%
Stars/planets
[bar] 150/41%
Lanterns
[bar] 7/2%
Distant Aircraft/Seacraft
[bar] 5/1%
Fireflies
[bar] 29/8%
The moon
[bar] 55/15%
Glowsticks
[bar] 0/0%
City lights
[bar] 19/5%
Aurorae
[bar] 25/7%
The ISS (or other satellites)
[bar] 14/4%
Campfires
[bar] 20/5%
Blinkenlights
[bar] 13/4%
Other
[bar] 8/2%
366 total votes
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Re: When it is dark outside I am happiest to see ...
by mandarin (Hermit) on Feb 01, 2018 at 18:06 UTC
    the inside of my eyelids, really ...
Re: When it is dark outside I am happiest to see ...
by Happy-the-monk (Canon) on Feb 02, 2018 at 07:59 UTC

    The sun just a bit below the horizon, already a number of stars out, Lady Aurora wavering her veils before the stars glistening through it, and optionally a moon in the sky, that's the happiest constellation.

    Cheers, Sören

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Re: When it is dark outside I am happiest to see ...
by Discipulus (Monsignor) on Feb 01, 2018 at 19:18 UTC
    Sister Moon beyond tree branches, it's one of my favourite view.

    Sometimes I make the path a bit longer just to see Moon beyond trees. One of the most poetic poll I ever see.



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Re: When it is dark outside I am happiest to see ...
by wjw (Priest) on Feb 02, 2018 at 12:55 UTC

    Perchance to lie in the rolling pasture

    Exalting on a pillow of grass

    Resplendent silence but for the crickets and coyote

    Lit by heavens dark radiance

    ...the majority is always wrong, and always the last to know about it...

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Re: When it is dark outside I am happiest to see ...
by gsiems (Deacon) on Feb 01, 2018 at 19:13 UTC

    Stars/planets are nice and all but any decent clear dark night makes seeing that possible. Seeing the northern lights on the other hand is not as common an experience where I live.

      I live way, way up in an extremely remote part of Northern British Columbia, Canada, and Aurora Borealis is a somewhat common experience, and because there is NO artificial lights whatsoever, it is very visible. I'm blessed to be able to sit by lake or simply look out a window whenever I desire and observe it when it occurs.

      To boot, my wife is a sky expert, so she researches every day, and can pretty well predict with great accuracy when they will occur.

        Sweet! Sadly it's been several years since I last saw the Aurora Borealis... but it was awesome.

Re: When it is dark outside I am happiest to see ...
by mtmcc (Hermit) on Feb 01, 2018 at 21:02 UTC
    If you can see campfires, you'll likely see stars and planets too if you look up. Two for one.
Re: When it is dark outside I am happiest to see ...
by stevieb (Abbot) on Feb 01, 2018 at 21:15 UTC

    Absolutely no artificial light whatsoever.

Re: When it is dark outside I am happiest to see ...
by perldigious (Curate) on Feb 02, 2018 at 14:09 UTC
      I can relate to that. To me, what's most galling about the street and highway lights is that the people who choose what lights to install still continue to choose ones that let light out the sides. I know it's because those types are less expensive, so have a lower up front cost, but they also require more electrical power, so cost more to operate. The lamps that direct the light in a downward cone provide the same ground level illumination with lower power consumption. The operating cost savings cover the difference within few years. After that, it's net spending savings.
Re: When it is dark outside I am happiest to see ...
by sweetblood (Prior) on Feb 05, 2018 at 17:21 UTC
    Living in a resonably small town at almost 8k', very little artificial light, I love looking up and seeing the Milky Way as it crosses over my house.

    Sweetblood

Re: When it is dark outside I am happiest to see ...
by Ratazong (Monsignor) on Feb 02, 2018 at 06:32 UTC
    Currently it is dark outside most of the time. It is dark when I commute to work, and dark when I drive back home. So I'm very happy about electricity - and that there is artificial light when there is no sun.

      You live in extreme north, even further north than me then, yes? Close to or within the Arctic Circle?

      In that case, I'll waive the artificial light restriction... while you drive to get home only though.

      Where I live, I experience frequent power (I refer to it as "hydro", due to my Ontario, Canada beginnings) outages. We can heat ourselves, cook and heat water with our wood-burning equipment, and light is provided by lighting anything on fire that burns. (The wife gets upset when I try to light our eight year old white rabbit, Ganldolf, on fire for light though, but my justification is that if you have food that can run around, it cooks quicker due to the aerodynamics of airflow making the flame burn quicker).

      In all seriousness, I know all about alternate energy, and very short days. I'd love to hear more.

      How do you manage where you are? I've thought solar, but that's not feasible with little sun. I knew that shortly after I moved out where I am, but my literal Raspberry Pi + let's just say several small panels and batteries proved it. I've staged up diesel powered generator that runs core items, but would like to become more eco-friendly. Tips?

      Update: Or, did I misunderstand, taking a sarcastic comment literally, and you're just saying you work far too long hours every day and need to make a life adjustment? Where I be, what you said can be taken either way easily :)

        I live pretty near the Canadian border, and even I have his first problem for a portion of the year. In fact, since I start work fairly early, this is the first week I've actually seen first light for just a minute or two as I walk in to work from my car... it's glorious for me because I miss the sun so much. It doesn't last a terribly long time, but there is about a month in the dead of winter where there is no sun when I come in to work and it has already gone down by the time I leave... I don't know how people live further North, where I am now is depressing enough to me as it is, I like the sun a little too much and I swear never seeing it (save for if I go out for lunch) really messes with my sleep cycles.

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Re: When it is dark outside I am happiest to see ...
by eighty-one (Deacon) on Feb 08, 2018 at 14:55 UTC

    The illuminated sign in the parking lot of my friendly neighborhood bar

Re: When it is dark outside I am happiest to see ...
by swampyankee (Parson) on Feb 18, 2018 at 17:23 UTC

    Fireflies, although it seems that their numbers have gone way down over the past couple of years.


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Re: When it is dark outside I am happiest to see ...
by jonadab (Parson) on Feb 13, 2018 at 23:53 UTC

    Whatever is on my computer screen, honestly.

    Don't look at me like that. I have nothing particularly against the outdoors. I just... don't feel the need to visit it on a regular basis. It's not like the outdoor environment is going to whither away in loneliness if I don't go out often enough. It'll be fine.

Re: When it is dark outside I am happiest to see ...
by gandolf989 (Beadle) on Feb 15, 2018 at 18:14 UTC
    Villagers with pitchforks.
Re: When it is dark outside I am happiest to see ...
by gloryhack (Deacon) on Feb 15, 2018 at 22:43 UTC
    This time of year, when it's dark outside I like to see inside. Also Colorado High Grade.
Re: When it is dark outside I am happiest to see ...
by sweetblood (Prior) on Feb 27, 2018 at 22:58 UTC
    Light inside

    Sweetblood

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