What A System!

The warm damp air and cloudy days had persisted for days. The night was different because stars could actually be seen, but there was so little time we only gazed at a few and retired. It was murky a week later but cleared enough for us to see Jupiter about… Continue reading

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The Winter Circle and Moonscape

The winter circle is high overhead in the early evenings of March in the Philippines. It’s name draws questions because Philippine children do not know four seasons, so I have to explain to them how it got its name. This particular night was with my wife (a budding observer of… Continue reading

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Hope Moon

Hope Moon. “I don’t see it.” I tell the man. “It’s there.  The clouds are covering it,” he explains. “How can you be sure?” “It’s right above the sunset.” He searches in the binoculars.  It takes him only a few seconds to find the very new moon – Day 2.… Continue reading

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Father of the Fatherless

Like most observing nights, the teenagers came to visit. The hole in the tropical sky held long enough for a window to Saturn and Mars. Three boys and a couple girls grew to a dozen or so. A staff member sent her daughter. The old 8 inch telescope shows wear… Continue reading

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Childrens’ Quests and the Morning Moon

We planned an early rise to check the tropical skies, hoping to get a little observing of the day-time moon. With cups of coffee in hand after a quick set up, we were ready to sit together and enjoy a waning moon through some light clouds. It was originally planned… Continue reading

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