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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Summer Midnight Madness (Lesson 5)

This is a practical section that will use your body and your eyes to discover some stuff about the created heavens. First consider the wonder of it all: a safe platform (earth) with a transparent atmosphere that you can see through; nearly empty outer space that permits us to see… Continue reading

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Time and Color: Part of Heavens Delight (Lesson 4)

Little Review. So we have learned a few things about observing the night sky: (1) being patient with our eyes to get dark adapted, (2) understanding that observing involves some seeing but observing gets better as you record some of what you see, and (3) discovering there is great value in just using your eyes… Continue reading

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The Delight of Sarah’s Galaxy

Sarah’s Galaxy, which is NGC-3628, is delightful to observe. The historical trail to the name is more obscure. One reference cites that the galaxy was named after a poet in the 1800s, but little else is apparent. The name sounds like there is a link to affection or love, but who knows? Sarah’s Galaxy is high… Continue reading

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