August 22, 2004

Looking Up

Last night the Kellys and Dodges joined three busloads of SDSU alums for a star party at the Mt. Laguna Observatory. Not a bad event, though we missed most of it by edging away from the reggae music and going out on our own to hang around one of the telescopes. There's nothing like staring into the moon's craters to put a litte awe into your evening. The night sky was a whole lot darker than what we see from the city, and the Milky Way was plainly visible.

We also saw two satellites go over. I noted the times and when we got home I consulted the very cool Heavens Above site to see what they were. Turns out that we were seeing Cosmos 2082 Rocket and Okean O Rocket, two Russian launch vehicles. Here's how Cosmos 2082 looked to us, and here's how we looked to it. Some great math, science and geography lessons could be designed around this site!

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At 6:20 PM, Anonymous said...

Gorgeous photo, Bernie!

JoAnn

 
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