Tuesday, July 17, 2007

What I Saw in the Night Sky

Friday night I couldn't sleep, so at about 12:45am I went outside, laid my back on the porch, and looked into the dark Kansas night sky.

Here's what I saw in the span of 40 minutes:
  • The milky way
  • Thousands of stars--some bright, most dim, all without binoculars.
  • The big dipper
  • A dwarf star--flashing different shades of white.
  • 2 shooting stars
  • A satellite (unlike airplanes, satellites orbit very high. It looks like a star moving very swift)
  • and a partridge in a pear tree (not really)
The night sky? It's pretty glorious.

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