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The celebration of the night sky starts with the set of the sun on the horizon and then the fun begins with the telescope being brought outside for the night! Not like most people watching tv or playing video games… no our tv is the night sky! Viewing the heavens is a special event every night! It is like super bowl sunday is every clear night but with a tv screen that is huge and amazing when you get the right conditions. When everything is perfect the snacks and drinks come out and its an all night affair with the night sky. The star gazing takes place either on the deck looking east or of to the local farm fields we go! Then it is a 360 view of the heavens every direction and object! Stargazing is turning into a family event. I invite my wife outside to gaze at the heavens for the first time in her life. She is amazed by what you can see with just an amateur telescope. My wife is 7 months pregnant. So my daughter tags along for the trip too. While we are star gazing. I talk to my daughter and tell her all about the objects we love to look at such as the moon (the full lunar eclipse), mars, Saturn and Jupiter (Jupiter at opposition). She does kick around quite a bit. When we tell her stories about each viewing object. I cant wait till she grows up and then she really can enjoy star gazing along with my wife and I.

Date Taken: 08/03/2011
Author: Brian H.
Category: Show & TELescope Contest (2011)

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