Perhaps it’s normal to view clear, star-filled skies in the countryside, but having grown up in London, this was not a common site for me. Considering the abundance of pollution in major cities, it is not surprising that this is the case. That being said, there were a few occasions when I would see a few stars in the night sky. Even during the view instances whereby I visited locations in the countryside outside of London such as Devon, it was rare to see many stars.
Given that context, it might make sense as to why I was so enamored the first time I saw a clear midnight sky in Estonia. It was during one of my first visits to the island of ”Saaremaa” – an island of the coast of the Estonian mainland. It was the middle of summer about two years ago, I looked up at the night’s sky and saw a beautiful, mass of stars everywhere that my eyes could see.
Fast forward two years and even tonight I was greeted with the same view. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve seen shooting stars whilst being here. I grew up with the belief that this was a rare occurrence in life, and that you’re lucky to even see one during your lifetime, I’ve seen at least four in Estonia!
– Christian Reeve