M27, the Magnificent Planetary Nebula

My wife and I have sketched this beautiful nebula at least twice, but a recent post by a sketcher reminded me that it had been too long since I had seen it’s array of colors and shapes. We show this object during demonstrations quite often, but it always draws a… Continue reading

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Waning Moon After Dusk

Observers of the sky typically avoid observing in bad sky conditions. In a larger context, however, ‘bad’ conditions often show different kinds of scenes and unusual lighting. Very often, an ‘off’ night like this is a reminder of the magnificent water cycle and the characteristics of the atmosphere, which are specifically created… 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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