The long nights of winter have their upside. The early onset of darkness presents a starry sky that is otherwise seen mainly by night owls. Now, in winter, the stars actually shine especially brightly. The cold, clear air allows more starlight through to us, and many stars are particularly close to us, in the most literal sense, during these weeks. There are striking constellations and bright stars to be discovered in the winter sky. Venus is visible again now, as the evening star, and reddish and bluish stars can be seen in Orion, the hunter.
“There is much beautiful light in the world on winter evenings,” declared a poet long before our time. The starry sky has remained to this day. However, for it to continue twinkling, we now have to protect the darkness of the night, so that its brightness can reach the Earth. In the countryside, the stars still shine down to us from above, but in the brightly-lit cities, it is we that radiate our light from below. – There is much beautiful light in the world. To ensure
we do not lose it, we must illuminate this world with care.