Tony Grist (poliphilo) wrote,
Tony Grist


The nights are drawing in so I get to study the stars before I go to bed. I'm not an astronomer; I don't know much about stars- and my mind refuses to retain most of what it learns about them- but I do like to look. Yesterday evening I went and stood on the lawn with a pair of binoculars. I'll be doing a lot more of that as the season progresses.

I love trees but they don't half get in the way. What I need is a viewing platform on the roof.

I couldn't find my book of star charts last night. I looked again this morning and found I'd put it away in the "wrong" drawer. So, what did you do that for, you annoying person?

It's always a great moment for me each year when I get my first good look at Orion and his entourage. The star charts tell me I could catch him rising in the east if I got up at two or three o'clock. I'm often awake at that time because of the muscular aches (they're unpredictable but they come calling most nights) and if the sky is clear why not go out and enjoy the starlight?

It's a long, long time since I last had an unbroken night's sleep. Well, one can make use of that.

I've always found the night sky scary- but enjoyably so. The rather old-fashioned word for that is "awe". Think of all the worlds out there, think of all the people. How crowded the universe is.

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