Campfires were lit. Tents were up and friends gathered around the blazing fire. Everything looked good but no one noticed that the constellation had disappeared from the night sky. There used to be more but with light pollution quality of the night sky has gradually degraded over the years. Now only the brightest stars are visible. This is a well-known phycological effect called shifting baseline. Something I learned at International Dark-Sky Association Under One Sky Global Conference!
The night is often more alive than the day. As Carl Sagan once said, “Even today the most jaded city dweller can be unexpectedly moved upon encountering a clear night sky studded with thousands of twinkling stars.” But imagine the experience if there was no SkyGlow, the night sky will be filled with millions of stars. Everyone’s a happy camper then!
Stacked image of exposure 15s; ISO 5000 at f/1.8. Shot with Sony A7 III using 20mm lens.
Black Balsam Knob - Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina