Earlier this winter The Player (*thanks to Peg who pointed out that TP is not a good monicker as some teenagers might try to drape him over a tree*) and I were hiking out at Sugar Grove Nature Center in Funks Grove. We realized that there is a little observatory there and that this is for a good reason...good stargazing! Far enough from bigger towns to avoid light pollution, and a big open area of prarie in addition to the woods. We decided that on some clear night with no moon we would take the kids out to see the stars.
Last night it was clear, cold but not miserably so, no moon, and although it was a Sunday no one had to get up early today due to the holiday (President's Day and Kathy's birthday). So we headed southwest to Shirley, then down old Route 66 to Funks Grove. From there we drove along a dark curvy road through the trees until we came to the parking lot of the Nature Center.
Indeed the stars were out in their glory! J-dude called it a "Heaven for Star Watchers Kind of Night." Sisi got the image of a rabid skunk in her head and stayed in the car.
I tried to take a photo of the sky. Hahahaha. Nevermind that, Gentle Readers. Here is a website where you can type in the name of your closest large city and see what the sky looks like on any given night. We enjoyed that once we were home, after we realized how many constellations we were able to see and how few we were able to name.