The deepest, stillest night sky that I have ever experience happened in 2001 on the side of the highway in Argentina that connects the colonial era city of Salta to Buenos Aires. At some point on our drive, my friend Daryl, one half of the couple that I was traveling with, pulled our rental car to the side of the road.
We turned off the engine.
Away from any man made lights,
We looked up
Into layer upon layer of stars
In a sky of black and midnight blue.