Sky Wonders and Ground Truth

So, I asked, “Come see Saturn’s rings!” Although clouds were overhead, we quietly set up an 8 inch telescope. Clear tropical skies are hard to find in the Philippines, but the day had been drier than the last few, so we were hopeful. Mars was bright orange an hour after… Continue reading

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Crescent Craving and Children Waiting

I knew but did not know what was going to happen. We set up a little telescope to see the “third day” moon. The little sliver of a crescent could not be seen until just after sunset. We sat side by side and watched the color show as the fading… Continue reading

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Binding Wounds and Placing Stars

From our lowly perspective, binding a child’s wound seems vastly different than finding the location of a star. Picture a child running to you with tears and pain because of a scrape. We carefully take the child’s arm and remove the dirt from the scrape. All the while we comfort the… Continue reading

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The Wonder of the Neighborhood — Creation Moments Under the Sky

The sultry summer nights in Virginia are typically 30+ degrees Centigrade, humid, and still. On occasion, however, a weak cold front passes by, dries out the air, and opens the sky. Last evening was one of those nights, so the “local neighborhood” Milky Way Galaxy was quite a sight. In… Continue reading

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Breath, Sight, Planets, and Clusters — An Evening in Creation

It is not uncommon for us to have an evening of observing with a group. This one had a few people from a local church, larger group of families of Chinese scholars visiting from a local university, and a few from a local Chinese church. Most of the group had… Continue reading

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