The night sky as a wild place

I don’t know about you, but when I step out of my house or car at night, the first thing I do is look up. It is almost instinctual to gaze skyward and take notice of what is happening in the atmosphere. But even more importantly, I want to see the stars—to witness the bright pinpricks of light against the dark sky, taking note of constellations, looking for planets and hoping for a shooting star.