Where are the aliens?

I often get “alien” questions at our observing periods. So where are they? Do they exist? The answer from a biblical worldview is actually pretty simple: there are “alien” things because we are in a spiritual world, but they are a far cry from the media-soaked concepts of strange life… Continue reading

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Galaxies to the North and the God of Creation

It was a straight forward observing night. The 8 inch Celestron and astro video gear worked as expected. The mount behaved. The first target was M106–not far from the key stars of Ursa Major or the Big Dipper. I sat down to sketch, trying to grab as much as I… Continue reading

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Precious Time Together

For some folks, chemotherapy is a common term. When you take this brute force method of attacking cancer, however, it can be an ordeal. Linda knows; she has taken it more than most. It makes starting the medicine tomorrow a little different. The circumstance does not stop living, it just… Continue reading

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The Flame Nebula: Space Gas with an Attitude

When probing around the beauty Alnitak, one of the glimmering stars of Orion’s belt, a medium-sized telescope will run into a soft area of nebulosity with a some hint of shape and structure. When a little integration of those precious photons occurs over 14 seconds, the video of the scene… Continue reading

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The Heavens, the Earth, and a Christmas Greeting

Since we teach sketching as part of observing the heavens as part of our home-based ministry, it seemed fitting to take our friends through a little tour with a Christmas and New Year’s greeting card. We generally make our own card by sketching mini-sketches of observing sheets that we made… Continue reading

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