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For those of you who know about our Star Fleet background, no I did not just make up a new phrase to describe driving the Star Gazer, the flagship of the fleet. Instead, this is a reference to the much more common activity of gazing up at the stars.
The moon has been raising in the sky a few hours after sunset now and has been very bright, which means during my shift, hardly any stars are visible and it is so bright you can’t see the bioluminescence in the water. Those two things are perhaps my favorite things about being at sea. So instead of pouting about it, Amy and I are coming up with ways to turn the frown upside down.
We realized that since the moon is rising later, it’s completely dark at the beginning of her night shift, so if I stay up a little while longer, we can get out and star gaze together on the lounge deck. This is even better than watching the stars on my own!
Last night was saw the milky way about as clearly as you can with the naked eye and it was amazing. I can’t wait for when we will be somewhere that we can have a picnic dinner on a beach, wait for sunset and then I can set up and take pictures of the milky way. We also saw thousands of little lights in the waves crashing off of SH as the little bioluminescence lit up in protest as we flew by.
It doesn’t get much better than this!