Late Summer Delight (Lesson 8)

It’s that time for new observers from northern lattitudes to try some new delights in the southern night skies. In late August and early September, when you look directly south, the Milky Way rises in front of you. The sketch I did last night shows a quick observation at 9:30 pm… Continue reading

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March of the Stars and Planets (a practical demo)

Beginning observers get pretty excited as the sky begins to open up, and it honestly takes a few times to begin to realize that is has a hidden beauty until one learns a few disciplines to understand what is being observed. Last night (July 4) I sat outside in the… 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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Oh my goodness! The sky moves? (Lesson 3)

We did a little exercise with some teachers and staff in the Philippines. After teaching them a few basics, it was time to get their heads out of the classroom. The assigned task was simple: from a location outside, do a quick drawing of the boundary between earth and sky… Continue reading

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