“Today, a person standing on the observation deck of the Empire State Building on a cloudless night would be unable to discern much more than the moon, the brighter planets, and a handful of very bright stars–less than one per cent of what Galileo would have been able to see without a telescope.” – The Dark Side: The New Yorker. I’m really interested in how this affects our thoughts about the universe beyond us, as Kottke notes, and how we might reclaim our sense of wonder about it.