Since coming to Cambridge I seem to spend a lot of time gazing at the sky and I am not the only one. Although I’ve always enjoyed the sky, I never had such a great opportunity to view it as I now can.
I noticed, my first day here, that my view was continually changing with the light, that is seldom constant for more than a few minutes. It is subject to such dramatic fluctuations, particularly at sunrise and sunset and as the seasons progress. And if you scan the horizon, quite often you will witness dark storm clouds in one direction and bright sunlight at the other.
Then, of course there is the night sky. With no light pollution, a clear night is a thing of wonder. My favourite view was the night of the lunar eclipse when I braved frigid cold to contemplate the phenomenon. There is something special about a clear, cold night when there is snow on the ground and the world is still. It’s exhilarating.