We went to the beach last night after supper because we heard that recent solar flares might trigger Northern Lights far into the south. Alas, it was not to be. At least we did not see the Aurora Borealis last night (although I have seen this dramatic phenomenon at Ocracoke: http://villagecraftsmen.blogspot.com/2004/11/red-skies.html). But the night sky at Ocracoke never disappoints. Constellations were prominent amidst a blanket of stars too numerous to count. Two satellites scurried across overhead, momentarily gleaming bright as they reflected the now hidden sun. Three shooting stars streaked down, surprising us each time. And the Milky Way stood out dramatically as if silver dust had been strewn in an arc across the heavens. It was a magical night.
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is Molly Lovejoy's 2012 Ocracoke School Valedictory Address. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news062112.htm.