Farewell to Orion

The most casual observers usually know about the Orion Constellation and its most famous object, the Great Orion Nebula, which is also named M42. One of my favorite objects is M43, which is nestled near the trapezium of the Great Orion Nebula, but M43 is a distinct object by itself. M43 is… Continue reading

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The Ironic Beauty of Failure

One of the most popular night sky objects by amateur astronomers is M57, the Ring Nebula. With a medium sized telescope on a good night, it looks like a small donut or ring. Since it is in Lyra (high in the sky beside Cygnus), it is also viewable by most of… Continue reading

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Two Days in July–from Binocular to Telescope

It is not just the act of a single observation of the heavens that is significant. When an observer begins to step back and consider what has been seen and recorded, a period of observation begins to take on a larger view. As we teach teachers how to observe the… Continue reading

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The Edge-on Galaxy: a Dramatic Invitation

The manifold glory of God’s created heavens are a drawing card and invitation with any instrument or pair of eyes, but one can go much further–delving into the inviting details of particular objects. So many are so unique and singular. Edge-on galaxies are often like that for me when I… Continue reading

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“Black Eye” Galaxy and the Fear of the Lord

We think of fear as fright or terror. It is usually an unwelcome thing unless it is part of a story that is separated from us. The fear of the Lord is different–deeper in meaning and wider in application. It is closer to super-respect. It is a healthy but profound… Continue reading

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