Here There and Everywhere

Expat wanderer

Night of Light

Last night I found myself awake around three, and took a walk to my window on the world. Off in the distance is a sight I find very comforting, a band of the old fishing boats, the shoowi, along the horizon, maybe twenty to thirty of them, each with a light on stern and bow, making a twinkling band of light like a necklace twinkling in the dark.

But over the boats was a light. A bright light. I had to look and look, like is it an aircraft coming in? It’s too high to be something off the boats, and it is so bright. What can it be?

Then I notice . . .I can see stars! I’ve always thought I didn’t see the stars because there are so many streetlights nearby, but last night I realized that the sky here is so hazy most of the time, we don’t see the stars. Last night – there were STARS! Lots of stars! And one of the brightest was near the horizon; maybe it was Suhail? (Canopus)

Here is something so cool. You can go to Weather Underground for Kuwait and go down the page below where they show the phases of the moon.

Click on “View the Full Star Chart.” You can put in the time you want; for example, it showed me exactly what I might have seen at 3 a.m. You can tell it you want it to look North, South, East or West, or you can tell it you want to see the whole sky, horizon to horizon. I LOVE this feature!


FYI, it also shows Kuwait cooling down. It won’t go over 109°F / 43°C this week. 😉

September 21, 2007 - Posted by | Entertainment, ExPat Life, Experiment, Geography / Maps, Kuwait, Weather


  1. You’re very lucky to have that view 🙂

    Sounds lovely.

    And yes, am looking forward to the weather cooling down.

    Comment by jewaira | September 21, 2007 | Reply

  2. Sounds nice – I love talking walks and seeing stars… Yeah, it cooled down a lot since beginning of Ramadan … I love it

    Comment by chikapappi | September 21, 2007 | Reply

  3. Jewaira, there are days the view keeps me going.

    Chikapappi – I find seeing the stars here a rare event!

    Comment by intlxpatr | September 21, 2007 | Reply

  4. the best view i have seen of the sky was on a warm summer night.. i was fishing with friends around 10 miles offshore. there were no city lights and no moon !! the sky was very clear and it was an incredible sight !! i saw the milky way across the sky and millions of stars on both sides.. although i have been in the same spot a few more times but i never saw the same view again … hope to see it again soon 🙂

    Comment by Abdulaziz | September 22, 2007 | Reply

  5. Oh Abdulaziz, you are so right. Being out on a boat – or out in the desert – away from the light, on a clear night – it is the most amazing sight, isn’t it? I can see you won’t forget that experience.

    Comment by intlxpatr | September 22, 2007 | Reply

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