Friday, June 22, 2012

Star Gazing

My daughter and grandson are visiting for a few days. Son-in-law had to stay home and work, and I think he's enjoying the solitude at home. All of them will be here for the Fourth of July.

We always try to find something to do when they visit. Last night, we ventured out to the Angelo State University Planetarium to enjoy The Cowboy Astronomer. Told from the point of view of a cowboy on the open plains of the West, the show guided us through some basic constellations and the legends behind them. I've enjoyed watching the stars all my life, but frankly, I've never been able to see the images in the stars that many of them are named for, such as Orion the Hunter and Leo the Lion. But I do enjoy searching the skies for the Pleiades, Cassiopeia, and other easily recognizable constellations.

After the show, we came home and sat out back for a while, gazing at the darkening skies. There was quite a bit of air traffic, and we watched the floating dots of light criss-cross the skies. Soon the Big Dipper was visible, and it led us to the North Star and Leo the Lion.

When the kids come back in July, we may go back to the Planetarium. There is a show called Oasis in Space that Donna wants to see, and it is playing July 5. It takes viewers on a journey through the universe, with a look at each of the planets.

Sounds good.

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