“The moon will rise at 8 p.m,” Jeff says, checking an app, “so we will have dark skies until then.” We’re standing near the west end of Elkwater Lake and its pitch black save for the stars. Coyotes howl to remind us we’re where the wild things are.
Jeff explains why the Milky Way looks the way it does, shows us how to locate major constellations in relation to each other, and teaches me how to find the North Star, Polaris. He has done this countless times, but is passionate about sharing his knowledge.
“I want people to have a basic understanding of what we call a moon/satellite, planet, star, galaxy… To understand what's happening in our sky here in our northern hemisphere, and understand how lucky we are.”
Our planet is amazing, and you appreciate it more in a place like Cypress Hills, where stars burn brighter and nature is all around.