Tonight I stole my son to go star gazing with some junior high students from my school. My colleague, Mr. Schneider, managed to gather a few astronomers with their impressive telescopes in our back field at the school. He gave a short talk and presented about 10 minutes of a video about God and the majesty of the celestial bodies.
The sky managed to stay clear enough despite a drifting haze from the burnings of pine (because of pine beetle infestation) in Canmore. What I saw in the heavens was absolutely astounding. The four main features are pictured above:
- Earth's Moon
- Jupiter and its four main moons (Io, Europe, Ganymede, Callisto)
- M13 Hercules Star Cluster
- Ring Nebula
If Blaise didn't get cold and tired, I would have stayed out for hours staring at the sky. Truly glorious.
*So, the title comes from a song from Bruce Cockburn's The Charity of Night album, but the blog really shares nothing with the song aside from the moniker. Plus it's cool to put a star next to the title. I should note too that I didn't take these pictures. Maybe one day.
I took this photo in New Brunswick and was pretty proud of it.