Clusters by the Creator on Date Night

The beauty of globular clusters was the object of our attention for the summer night. We had been looking for opportunity to see the southern section of the Milky Way, but it was a bit to early and we were a bit too tired. To our advantage this evening, no… Continue reading

Wimp or Master of the Universe?

It is the time of year that the magnificent constellation of Orion can be seen from most places on earth. We have observed it with Philippine, Ugandan, and US children. I have sketched the constellation in frigid temperatures when it shown above a tree adorned with light powdery snow. We… Continue reading

Leonard Before Dawn

Leonard Before Dawn. Despite gloves, earmuffs, and layers and layers of clothing, it was teeth-chattering cold while we searched the heavens at 4:30 in the morning. The waves of the Atlantic Ocean crashed against the sand in front of us. With our binoculars and the sky window, we repeatedly searched… Continue reading

Active Oversight is Often Forgotten

The week’s forecast was not exciting.  Snow showers and clouds for the eastern West Virginia mountains were expected nearly every day, so no observing of the heavens was possible. When the clearing came one early morning, the dim light of dawn crept through the blinds and woke us. The crescent… Continue reading