#Holiday - Happy National Astronomy Day! (and week)

Ansley Ansley


As a kid, I loved going out at night and staring up at the stars until I was relaxed and sleepy enough to call it a night. I would imagine all of the really cool things going on out there and though most of it was purely uneducated speculation it was a lot of fun to let my mind run wild.



As an adult, I don't have that opportunity very often, most because of where we live. There are way too many city lights to park it on the balcony and just watch the universe do its thing. There are many times where I find myself wishing I was closer to the mountains so I could just hike to a peak and get an even clearer view.

I don't think I'd get on well with being a scientist in the field by any means, but it's still fun to imagine being an astronaut and that kind of stuff.

Do you get to stargaze? What's your level of expertise when it comes to astronomy?
05/07/2012
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aliceinthehole aliceinthehole
ooh i love stargazing! haven't done too much through a telescope, but one time was incredibly memorable:

my first college astronomy course was meeting at a local park one night with a $3000 telescope. i remember seeing a nebula - a star being born - and then the kicker: saturn.

it was the most beautiful thing i'd ever seen. this perfect white shape, a cutout piece of paper, in the most pristine form i could imagine. i was so overwhelmed by the sight of it, its realness and awesomeness, i cried.




when i was in italy for a year, orion followed me across the country. i would look up at night and watch him standing over me, sword sheathed, as far as my mind could interpret, ready to protect me, but there was never a fight.

i'll throw in a little poem i wrote during that time, as i watched the night sky.


in the woods in tuscany.


in a night lit only by the stars of the universe and i mean all of them visible to a naked eye from italy
we close our eyes and still they are imprinted on the backs of our eyelids.
orione as always stands over me, sheathed sword
there's never a fight
the tiny dipper faces the big as it pours sweet cream
fills our awaiting buckets with milk.




at night i like to spot orion, scorpio (or what i imagine is scorpio, it may not be), the big and little dipper, and gaze at whatever other stars i may see.

i also follow the moon almost religiously. when i was in italy, i was so in tune to my surroundings, always out in nature, never in a city where the buildings block the view - the moon followed me, and i loved being in touch with her phases, whether she was waxing or waning, noting her changes night by night.

fascinating, the world beyond.


also of note, the first occupation i ever desired as a child was an astronaut. oh how i wanted to be an astronaut, so badly. who knows, maybe someday i will be! with technology accelerating at its own breakneck pace, one can never tell.
05/07/2012
ToyTimeTim ToyTimeTim
Back in Colorado we did not get to see many stars in the city but when we went camping in the mountains it was our favorite night time activity. I remember the first time I seen a star move across the sky, of course it was a satellite but it was neat to think of it as a distant planet or solar system. Now we live in the country and can just step outside to enjoy the stars. Orion greets me all the time during the fall, were good friends. Most of the other constellations are hard to pick out, there are just to many stars out. The kids and I enjoy searching for them though.
05/07/2012
Ansley Ansley
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Originally posted by ToyTimeTim
Back in Colorado we did not get to see many stars in the city but when we went camping in the mountains it was our favorite night time activity. I remember the first time I seen a star move across the sky, of course it was a satellite but it was neat ... More
I always see one of the dippers when I look up. Probably coincidence since I only get to do it twice a year.
05/07/2012
Ansley Ansley
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Originally posted by aliceinthehole
ooh i love stargazing! haven't done too much through a telescope, but one time was incredibly memorable:

my first college astronomy course was meeting at a local park one night with a $3000 telescope. i remember seeing a nebula - a star ... More
Sounds like you have a real passion for it, maybe you should think about getting involved some how.
05/07/2012
aliceinthehole aliceinthehole
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Originally posted by Ansley
Sounds like you have a real passion for it, maybe you should think about getting involved some how.
when i die i'll float into all of that ether and be dispersed. i will be UBER involved.


...if only i were a math/science buff. i'da been the best damn astronaut...


as it is i like to paint symbols of the sky, the moon, little sheep in the constellations, and write about it. that is my way of appreciating it all.
05/08/2012
Ansley Ansley
Quote:
Originally posted by aliceinthehole
when i die i'll float into all of that ether and be dispersed. i will be UBER involved.


...if only i were a math/science buff. i'da been the best damn astronaut...


as it is i like to paint symbols of the sky, the moon, ... More
It sounds like it's almost spiritual for you in a way, which I think is super awesome.

It's a lot easier for me to believe that our energy came from matter than some omnipresent being who was just having some fun.

I missed the super moon Saturday night and I was so bummed out about it but I hope to see it next year. And I'm really really interested to see what's going to go down in December, but I guess that's really another topic in and of itself.
05/08/2012
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