No tele­scope re­quired

The Northland Age - - Opinion -

What a glo­ri­ous evening we were blessed with on Tues­day, as the new moon left us with an unim­peded view of our uni­verse.

Even the sun­set that day was pleas­ant, as the par­tial break in the fringe cloud of­fered us a true view of the sun be­ing gob­bled up by the sea.

But back to the night sky. Venus shone im­mea­sur­ably more brightly in the west­ern sky than any other heav­enly body, although Jupiter, shin­ing ra­di­antly slightly to the north and a lit­tle more el­e­vated, was also a spec­tac­u­lar vi­sion.

Even Mars, to the east, was beau­ti­ful and clear with its hazy red hue iden­ti­fy­ing it, as al­ways.

And all this viewed with a cold beer in hand and not a hint of oc­u­lar en­hance­ment. Just plain old eyes. No need for a ridicu­lously-priced tele­scope here.

I en­cour­age ev­ery­one who is able to ven­ture out­side dur­ing the hours of dark­ness to feed that long dor­mant fas­ci­na­tion and utilise the in­creas­ingly clear night skies to wit­ness the most

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