Queen of the Wandering Stars and the Value of Disciplined Observing

Here is a simple but partial observing sheet from a sketch notebook from February 21, 2014 that shows Jupiter in two views. It is incomplete in the sense that we teach folks to include more information, but lets talk about that later. Take a look at the sketch first. What… Continue reading

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Poor and Don’t Have a Telescope or Binocular?

We often teach observing disciplines from a biblical perspective in places where there is no chance that the average student or teacher will ever see a telescope. What happens to the have-nots? Just taking a plastic child’s telescope to a village school in Uganda caused a teacher to shout, because… Continue reading

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Eyes of Green….dedicated to our Philippine friends

Dealing with disaster from a biblical perspective helps in this respect: we know we live in a fallen world. It’s broken. While creation shows incredible beauty and intricacy, it also shows that something is deadly wrong. So when disaster strikes, the question is often raised, “Why did this happen?”  Or,… Continue reading

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Misty Night Orion

We were so busy overseas that getting an hour to just look up at the skies with a telescope alone were pretty rare, especially if I was expecting a clear night. Clear periods in the Philippines do not happen that often. So a few weeks into our 2 month stay… Continue reading

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Creation Surprise in the Sky

It began with a simple request: can we have a bunch of community youth come up to the observing deck and observe? We established the equipment at IFL in Cabuyao, Laguna, PI for them about 2 years ago. Enough trained staff  were ready to try a local crowd at night, but over… Continue reading

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