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 learn. The heavens are that way. Dark skies do not mean people observe anymore than fish in a pond means that people obviously will go fishing. And, in a world blitzed with media, observing the created world around us is getting lost. It is getting so lost that parents, in many cases, have forgotten the value of teaching their children to watch and learn about things around them. It is easier to give them a video game or a phone. The culture around this is not healthy, and it is one of the reasons why we teach people to observe the heavens. It brings them back to fundamentals: seeing what God has created. Here is a sketch done around sunrise. It is not an uncommon sight in physical terms, but a rare sight in terms of people realizing there is opportunity to see an early morning crescent during the last part of every lunar cycle. The sketch is the upper limb of the crescent that I call a rising spear, since the moon is rising in the sky, but it is so thin that the sunlight quickly overwhelms the view. It disappears from sight very soon after sunrise. It makes a pretty sight for the eyes. This view incorporated a telescope with an astro-video camera so I could get a close view of the upper limb region and grab a couple craters.

There is not one time I can remember observing the moon where I have not appreciated God’s precision in its placement, size, and periodicity so it can be discovered and enjoyed by observers. This observation opportunity was no exception.


Waning Crescent Moon at Sunrise

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