After a steamy 94°F day yesterday, we lost power around 10pm. The outage was geographically extensive, so the darkness around us was deep and intense. Instead of our usual watching-TV-before-bed ritual, we walked down to our dock, lay down on the hard boards and looked up into the sky. Jupiter and Saturn stood out boldly.
Looking up into the cluster of stars, it felt as if I was lying under a fireworks explosion, with bright sparks suspended all around me, each hanging at a different height. Points of light cascaded through space above me, seemingly frozen in time. It took my breath away, and I was strangely glad to have had a power outage on such a night!