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Seven Ways to Enjoy Natural Darkness

  * Try walking outside in a dark location while keeping your flashlight in your pocket.

* By covering your flashlight with red cellophane or a red filter, you can prevent it from disrupting your night vision. Small flashlights work better than large ones.

* Spend time looking through telescopes (stargazing) and learning about the cosmos with your local science center, astronomy club, or park ranger.

* The full moon provides ample light to see in most places. Let your eyes fully adjust. Be safe. A full moon hike will be a memorable experience.

* Find a comfortable spot and look around. Allow your eyes 20 minutes to adjust, and you may be surprised how well you can see by starlight. Do objects appear further? Listen. Do sounds seem louder at night?

* Many animals live their "days" at night. Look for nocturnal wildlife such as owls, bats, deer, glowworms, or fireflies.

* The night sky has been an inspiration for myth, literature, art, scientific discovery, and religion. Find your own way to connect with humankind's celestial companion. Revel in its beauty and wonder, and most of all – be inspired!