Tuesday, July 24, 2007

15 Million Light Years Away

Here's an amazing photograph of a spiral galaxy called the Southern Pinwheel. It can be seen with binoculars in the constellation Hydra. Just another reason to take a few minutes to look up in the sky while you're walking the dog tonight. If you're not sure what you're looking at, pick up Navigating The Night Sky by Guilherme de Almeida. The author explains how to find the brightest stars and constellations and use them to navigate around the night sky. This would be a fun book to take along to the beach where you can see far more stars than in suburban areas. If you are going anywhere with fewer lights on at night take advantage to look up at the heavens. You may see a shooting star. Make a wish!

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