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Across the Universe: Shrine to the stars — 3 Comments

  1. I was there! But I must confess, I heard only the first part of your keynote address. Shortly after you had begun, the sky had become totally dark, and I simply could not wait another moment. I left the assembly area and practically ran up the hill to the observing field. To this day, it was the single most spectacular night of observing I’ve ever experienced. The Milky Way was bright enough to cast a shadow, and there were so many stars visible that even familiar constellations were difficult to recognize. For the first time in my life, I saw dust lanes in M51, and could even spot M33 naked eye! There were uncountable Perseid meteors overhead, and I discovered the joy of seeing dark nebulae (totally invisible from light polluted suburban Maryland).

    If I ever get the chance to see/hear you speak indoors or in broad daylight, I promise to stay to the end!

  2. What a wonderful event that sounds like, and a glorious celestial spectacle! We’re so badly light-polluted in Brisbane that our dark skies are largely ruined for useful (or even just personally satisfying) amateur astronomy purposes. Reading about this is definitely encouraging me to go camping an hour or two drive out of the city sometime in the next couple of months, with a good pair of binoculars to keep me company 🙂

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