At night, there's just something so amazing about seeing all the stars that are omitted by light and smoke pollution. I don't fault or focus on how unfair it is that the more rural parts of the world allows you to see the beauty above. I just treasure each location with its certain strengths. The urban centers have the beauty of man-made marvels. There's less of a focus on nature, but you can still find it if you seek it on a macro level.
Back to the stars in Galveston. :) You open your eyes wider, as if you wonder if your eyes have been bad your whole life, but it begins to make sense. These stars don't get their time of day if it must compete with other bright, albeit manmade, lights. We took a beach towel and gazed at the stars, and felt as if we were in another world. Our thoughts about the rotundity of the globe and about different constellations were verbalized. It was cold that night, but I could only believe that the blanket of stars warmed me. I was glad to be in my place, and to know that they were in theirs.
The Known Universe. An amazing video that's humbling. "The Known Universe takes viewers from the Himalayas through our atmosphere and the inky black of space to the afterglow of the Big Bang. Every star, planet, and quasar seen in the film is possible because of the world's most complete four-dimensional map of the universe." Tell a quasar about the importance of oil and geopolitics on Earth and listen to it scoff. :)