|Venus and the moon were bright at 6:30 am --not a cloud in the sky. It would have been a good morning to have the telescope out, other than the -25 degrees|
This morning, with no wind, the mid-minus 20s F, it seemed like a good day to test myself outside. So, strapping on my cross-country skis I did my morning hour tour. Shortly into the run I warmed up and other than frozen fingers, toes, cheeks and a badly frozen lung, things went fine. (Actually the ski trip was very very very much shorter as the reality of -25 penetrated my skull in only 3 minutes)
Venus and the moon are out brightly in the crisp morning dusk. I have been an amateur sky watcher since my youth (I built my own 6-inch reflecting telescope by my early teens) and had planned to go on to graduate school in astronomy until Uncle Sam declared me a winner in the Vietnam draft lottery for 1970. I spent 3 years out of circulation (not in the military, but in government mandated alternate service as I refused to shoot people for any reason at all--not acceptable to becoming a soldier).
After that, I did go back to school, but it wasn't the same anymore--lost my enthusiasm for professors telling me what to do. So I am still an amateur. I try to keep up a little with what is in the sky, but whether had things been different, I would have continued with this or not is hard to say.
|It was still quite dark out when these were taken but my camera held the shutter open for 1/4 second to get enough light as I tried to keep from shivering to hold it steady.|