Have you ever seen the Milky Way?
That question would have been absurd 200 years ago because billions of stars were visible on every clear night.
But now with the prevalence of artificial outdoor light most of us cannot see the Milky Way and many children don’t know what it is.
Because of this, some ancient stories don’t make sense. In Genesis Abraham worried that he had no heir but God reassured him, “Look up into the sky and count the stars if you can. So many shall your descendants be.” Today we look at the sky and count 50 stars, not realizing that Abraham saw millions and was overwhelmed.
So what are we missing? Sriram Murali traveled in California recording time-lapse video of the night sky in places with high light pollution (San Jose) and almost no artificial light (Death Valley).
His video let’s us see the sky as our ancestors did.
Watch the stars come out.
(video by Sriram Murali)