Science: Amateur Stargazers

To one group in the U.S. this week the wartime dimout on the East Coast is a pleasant necessity. They are the seaboard members of the informal fellowship of amateur astronomers. All over the U.S., through handmade telescopes mounted in attics, haylofts, garages, cornfields, hilltops, these sidereal sightseers lift up their eyes on cloudless nights to peer at the stars. Until the dimout their stargazing was hampered by the electric corona (newspapers now call it "lume") that glares on the sky above brightly lit towns. Now, with lights out or dimmed, amateur astronomers...