Saturday, August 6, 2016


Milky Way from|Creative Commons
Clear sky this evening except for one large ... oh, wait, that's not a cloud ... well, it is, sort of, but it's 150,000 lightyears wide!

You know it's a good viewing night when it's hard to pick out the constellations.

We watched the ISS go by, saw a few small ionizing trails from the Delta Aquarids, a few planets. Telescopes were mobbed, so I didn't bother.

I climbed Mary's Rock earlier in the day, reasserting my dominion over a patch of the AT that gave me so much trouble a few months ago.  Still hearing the white blaze siren call --  I plan to be back on it as soon as the summer's heat fades.

Good way to start my 64th year.

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