Tales from THE EYE­PIECE

Sto­ries and strange tales from the world of am­a­teur astron­omy by Jonathan Pow­ell

Sky at Night Magazine - - INTERACTIVE -

Sev­eral months ago I spent a long time queu­ing be­hind an el­derly gen­tle­man at a car park pay and dis­play ma­chine, only to dis­cover he was only in­ter­ested in how the ma­chine worked and didn’t ac­tu­ally want to buy a ticket! Like the ma­chine, I too have ex­pe­ri­enced in­quis­i­tive star­ing from strangers while out ob­serv­ing, but I’ve never pre­tended to stargaze as an ex­cuse. Once while out driv­ing at night, my brother was stopped by the po­lice and asked what he was do­ing. Think­ing of me, he replied he was an astronomer look­ing for an ob­serv­ing lo­ca­tion. He was ex­pect­ing a bar­rage of ques­tions or sar­casm, but the of­fi­cers were pleased at his hon­ourable leisure time pur­suit and sent him on his way. May the force be with you!

Email your own tales to Jon at Tales­fromtheEye­piece@the­moon.co.uk

Jonathan Pow­ell is the astron­omy correspondent for the South Wales Ar­gus

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