After Christmas, I always get a few calls from people who either can’t figure out how to use their new computer-controlled telescope or are disappointed in the views they are getting. For the first problem, I’d recommend joining the Columbus Astronomical Society. They specialize in teaching newbies the ins and outs of their telescopes. The second problem is more difficult. Amateur astronomy has a long and sometimes steep learning curve.
I trust you didn’t wake up too bleary-eyed this New Year’s Day because it’s the perfect day to muse about time as we celebrate the world’s dumbest holiday. Who decided that we should begin our year in the dead of winter, anyway? What is it about the annual “dropping of the ball” festival that stimulates excessive drinking and the ritualistic wearing of lampshades? It’s astronomy, that’s what. Our year is based on the orbit of Earth around the sun. Our month is loosely based on the phases of the moon.
When people ask me, as they often do, why I have often braved the cold and lack of sleep to drive to the middle of nowhere to gaze at the brilliant winter stars, I think of the experience of three stargazers over 2,000 years ago and their long journey in quest of a star. “Wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying ‘Where is he who has been born king of the Jews?
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Selecting a term
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