(May 2000) Nature Notes

April 9th. I did not see the northern lights on the evening of April 6th but those from the village that did see them tell me that they made quite a show which, I have no doubt, would have been much better without the curse of light pollution. I count myself lucky to have lived through the war years when the blackout over Europe allowed us to see the night sky with a clarity that may not now be equalled anywhere in the inhabited world.