Travels Around the Northern Cross (Cygnus)

The Scene in the Heavens. The late summer and fall season for middle northern latitudes are marked in the heavens from our vantage point by the Milky Way, which slices the sky from SSW to NNE. Cygnus (sometimes called the Northern Cross) is nearly at zenith (straight up) a few hours after… Continue reading

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The Complexity of the Creator

The wonder of the heavens crosses different magnitudes: from macro-stellar scales to subatomic scales. So the depth, breadth, all-seeing, all-knowing attributes of our Lord are inescapable, unless one does not consider that he did any of it. But the scriptures are clear and quote his views: the heavens are truly… Continue reading

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A Parable with More Southern Skies Observing

The Observing Night. My wife and I had observed for a couple hours on September 10; we had sketched a couple NGC objects in the southern skies. (The story and sketches are on www.christworksministries.org on the Inspiration Page, top left story for the next few days.) Although my wife was weary and… Continue reading

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The Rising Spear in the Rising Sun

A friend commented to me that our friends in Uganda must enjoy the sky, because it is so dark (sky conditions are excellent). But that is not the case! We learn about anything because we observe and think about it. If no one has taught us to observe, we seldom… Continue reading

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The Local Neighborhood: the Delight of Watching Jupiter

The wonder of the heavens for many observers falls into distance categories: the local solar system neighborhood, the galactic neighborhood, and outside the galaxy. For this time of year in 2010 the largest planet and brightest object outside earth’s orbit begins to rise in the east: the planet Jupiter. The… Continue reading

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