Stars On A Cold Night

Today I’m thankful for astronomy.

My father has always been interested in space.  He passed that yen on to me.  I think I was 6 or 7 the first time he showed me the moon through his telescope.  I could see individual craters and shadows.  It was astonishing.

I remember another night when I was about 12.  It was freezing.  My city had received a significant amount of snow and it crusted because the weather was so cold.  That night the sky was flawless.  Dad and I put on multiple layers of clothing, enough so that I had trouble bending my arms.  We went outside and rested on the snow for a while, looking up at the stars.  It was so still.  Mental images of that night are what I use to deal with frustration or the general venialities of life.

Slightly tangentially, consider checking out the Bad Astronomy website.  Phil Plait is both wildly funny and informative.

Messier-14[1]

(image from http://www.constellation-guide.com)

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