Beauty and Revelation in the Black

Searching for something that is dark in the heavens almost seems counterintuitive. Things in the light are typically easier to see than things in shadow. So what happens when what you want to see is black rather than light? In many objects the dark parts provide contrast and depth to… Continue reading

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Tree Racing Together

The title conjures up some images but this one is a little different. By the time Linda and I were observing the constellations of the south and decided to go for an object in the Scorpius constellation, we had to race the trees. That 15 degrees of sky motion per… Continue reading

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Trifid in Color and Moon Glow

The Bully of the Night had already risen. With only four days since full moon, it was iffy to look at those grand sights in the southern skies, but we took a chance that the haze would not exacerbate the effects of the already-present moon glow. We had already chased… Continue reading

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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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Love and the Running Man

Part of our love is discovering the heavens together. On this occasion (the day after Christmas) neither one of us had ever observed the Running Man Nebula. Exploring something new with each other is something that has gone on for decades. A long while ago I wanted to canoe; we… Continue reading

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