Oh, the joy of a blackout. With skies dark here in Cleveland and everywhere within hundreds of miles, I kept my kids up late. Not since the turn of the 20th century have we had an opportunity to see the sky like we will tonight, I told them. With clear skies (a rarity in cloudy Cleveland), it seemed that everything would come together.
With much anticipation of seeing the Milky Way in all of its reverant glory, as it was meant to be seen, as it is seen by natives on remote islands, we went out to the front yard at 9:30. Immediately, we were rewarded with a satellite transiting across the sky. My oldest son (9 yrs old) exclaimed that it was the ISS. It probably wasn't, but I left that to his imagination.
Then, about 9:45 after seeing a couple more satellites and a couple of streaks from "shooting stars", the skies darkened substantially and the Milky Way was becoming visible. My kids had never seen it before and it was a real treat to hear them ponder among themselves the wonder of what they were seeing.
Something most horrible happened at about 10pm, the skies began to gradually get brighter. At first, I was "concerned" that power was beginning to be restored in the city and that our expedition was over. Instead, a very bright moon was rising.
A once in a lifetime opportunity cut short by the rising of the moon. But, for 30 brief minutes, the view was spectacular. I hope some of you other "lucky" people in the northeast and midwest had similar experiences.