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Clear skies, no light pollution but no stars?

Fordos Moon

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Risking this being a stupid question but some friends of mine have just got back from Kefalonia. They said that at night there was no cloud and no light pollution but they could hardly see any stars.

Now they may have been drunk I'm not sure but is there a logical or geographical reason why this may be the case?

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Probably thin high cloud. Sometimes it can look clear outside, but there is actually a lot of thin high cloud which blocks all but the brightest stars (main constellation stars and the Moon, Jupiter, Venus, Saturn, Mars). Very deceptive ;).

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