Visitors to Ocracoke are often amazed when they look up at the night sky, and see numerous constellations, shooting stars, and that swath of stellar real estate we call the Milky Way, the spiral galaxy that includes our solar system.
Ocracoke Island is blessed with very little light pollution, a rarity in our highly developed country. On moonless nights the Milky Way is clearly visible from my front yard in the middle of the village. It is even more spectacular on the beach.
The following stunning photo was taken by Craig Roberts, and was first published last month on his blog, "Lacey And Craig:
Click on the following link to read an excellent recent article, "Let There Be Dark," about Ocracoke's night sky and the value of protecting our nighttime views: http://www.kcet.org/updaily/socal_focus/commentary/west-is-eden/let-there-be-dark.html.
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is an account of the recent
skirmishes islanders have had with North Carolina legislatures over the
issue of ferry tolls...and a 1955 newspaper editorial advocating free,
state-operated ferries across Hatteras Inlet. You can read it here: