Sunday, November 11, 2007
Late night star-gazing. One thing i miss the most since school work took over my time. And i missed out on a lot of stuff when it comes to he beautiful night sky. And it was just recently i knew about the comet Holmes, which my dad mentioned the moment I woke up, and he has just seen it on the news. And I go, "Really? *sigh* I sure have missed lot with my first love. The stars, constellations, and deep sky objects."
Late night star-gazing. One thing i miss the most since school work ook over my time. And i missed out on a lot of stuff when it comes to he beautiful night sky. And it was just recently i knew about the omet Holmes, which my dad mentioned the moment I woke up, and he has ust seen it on the news. And I go, "Really? *sigh* I sure have missed lot with my first love. The stars, constellations, and deep sky bjects."
Well, last night, me and my dad decided to stay up a bit later than we used to. I kept going in and out of the house from the time the sun set, to see if the sky has cleared up, just enough for me to ee the comet. And, it sure seems to be cooperative since we were able to sit out and gaze up at the stars. Once again, i browsed on the starmap software I have on my PC, to locate the exact position of the comet. My dad had his binocs out, sweeping through the sky, finding the comet. Then, as I was browsing through my star map, my dad shouted out to me, telling me he has found it. I got really excited and ran out of the house, to see the talk of most astronomers, Holmes comet.
Although we knew we wouldn't get a nice view with my "small telescope", which showed a blurry view, I just settled with what i see through my dad's binocs. It had a better view than that of the telescope.
Then, realizing our references to finding the comet were Perseus, Andromeda, and Cassiopeia, Andromeda Galaxy suddenly popped into my mind. I have been wanting to see this galaxy for a long time already. And since I had my chance, i took my dad's binocs and searched for the said galaxy. It took me and my dad minutes, or even an hour to locate it. We even took out our sleeping beds just to lie on the ground, coz our necks were aching looking all the way up. And when i got really comfortable, while going through the reference stars i know, i saw a
blurry spot beside other stars. And there it was, i got a glimpse of Andromeda.. i wasn't able to check it out through my telescope since the clouds started to cover the sky. i waited a couple more minutes, but the sky did not clear up anymore. And i guess that only meant it was time to stop my gazing for the night, and save some for the next night.
Well, even if i just got a glimpse of Holmes and Andromeda, i am looking forward to going out again tonight, hoping for clear skies, to continue appreciating our night sky...... =]
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"We have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night."
- Tombstone epitaph of two amateur astronomers
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