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  • Stars

    Posted by Jonathan on December 5th, 2012 (All posts by )

    Waiting for Orionids meteors at one of the darker places in South Florida.

    A star-filled sky dominates three small trees overlooking Florida Bay near the outdoor amphitheater in the Flamingo section of Everglades National Park, Florida. (© 2012 Jonathan Gewirtz / jonathan@gewirtz.net)

     

    10 Responses to “Stars”

    1. IGotBupkis, Legally Defined Cyberbully in All 57 States Says:

      You can’t fool us. There are no dark places in South Florida. That’s like looking for a dark spot on Times Square.

      :-P

    2. Jonathan Says:

      Ha, actually there are a few places if you don’t mind a little driving.

    3. Bill Brandt Says:

      The few times I have seen a meteor shower – the best description I have is awe – how small we really are in the big scheme of things…

    4. Mike_K Says:

      The photo reminds me of nights when I would lie out on the grass after closing my father’s golf driving range south of Chicago. Tucson is another great place to see stars. It is a “dark city” because of Kitt Peak Observatory and there are few street lights. Aside from low speed limits after dark, the city ambiance is great. I took my telescope over there. It does get cold at night in winter, as low as 14 degrees at times, but aside from that is a perfect place for an observatory.

    5. Bill Brandt Says:

      Mike_K – my most memorable “starry night” was – after flying in a C-130 from Frankfurt to Crete to view a Nike-Hercules missile launch the next day – despite my head still ringing from that flight – stepped outside the barracks and the sky was filled with – what seemed – millions of stars. It was a sight I remember still – 41 years later.

    6. Jonathan Says:

      Jay Manifold graciously sent me a light map that made it easy to figure out where the darkest areas are. You can find such maps by googling around.

    7. carl from chicago Says:

      That is fantastic. Some day I will get a second house where there isn’t much light pollution and get a telescope to see the stars. My photos won’t turn out that well, though :)

    8. Michael Kennedy Says:

      I took an astronomy course at the local junior college. For a field trip we went to the mountains east of Orange County. My daughter, then 13, got to see the sombrero galaxy through a 16 inch telescope. Mine is 6 inch, big enough to see the rings of Saturn.

    9. Jonathan Says:

      That picture of the sombrero galaxy is fantastic.

      Carl, this is one type of picture-taking where having a decent camera helps.

    10. veryretired Says:

      It amazing to realize that humans stared at the stars for thousands of years, concocting all sorts of outlandish stories about what those lights were and what they meant.

      And yet, the more we learn about how the universe actually works, the more we realize that the reality of celestial science is even stranger than any of the myths ever were.

      I’ll never get there, more’s the pity, but my great-grandchildren will.