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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Clouds and the Moon: a Picture of the Water Cycle

Even outside a biblical world-view, it is statistically impossible to conjure up a set of processes and circumstances by chance that would yield the magnificence of a water-covered planet with a ribbon of atmosphere that is characterized by the life-giving water cycle. This particular sketch is an observation with a… Continue reading

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The Moon on a Sultry Summer Night

There is something mesmerizing about watching a moon in hot months when there is no wind but there is lots of haze and humidity. When  I watch a setting crescent moon under those conditions near the Blue Ridge Mountains, it appears yellow-orange.  In this case, we had 2 days of… Continue reading

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