It Is All About Praise

Who gets the credit? Who gets the acclaim? Who gets the praise? It was another night to observe and sketch part of the moon. We teach observing, but we stay in practice to keep the same skills relatively polished. However, it is not really about us. When a person attentively… Continue reading

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Fooled by the Glamour and Glitz

This parable of the night sky comes from a recent observing time. The moon was just past full on April 4 this year. It lighted the sky and overshadowed all objects. To see anything else, one has to look far away from the moon and use different techniques. Most people only notice… Continue reading

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A Trillion Stars in Your Face

Gazing at a galaxy is a distinct privilege. It is one thing to see a picture but entirely another to see one for yourself. One (The Andromeda Galaxy) you can see with your eyes but most take a telescope, and sometimes a very big one. How many stars? As few… Continue reading

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An Uncommon but Biblical Resolution for 2015

I had the occasion to observe the moon twice at the turn of the year. 2015 was met with a clear view of the moon approaching “full.”  Weather was clear in the San Joaquin Valley instead of its more typical haze and fog. So I sketched two areas during the… Continue reading

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“From the Rising of the Sun…”

Events in the skies make observers much more aware of the round-the-clock nature of the heavens. The same sentiment is directly reflected in a number of verses in the Bible, but they were refreshed for us recently on a full-moon day, October 8, 2014. More later. Let’s talk about the… Continue reading

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