“The surface of the Earth is the shore of the cosmic ocean. On this shore, we’ve learned most of what we know. Recently, we’ve waded a little way out, maybe ankle-deep, and the water seems inviting. Some part of our being knows this is where we came from. We long to return, and we can, because the cosmos is also within us. We’re made of star stuff. We are a way for the cosmos to know itself.”
Carl Sagan, Cosmos, 1980
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Rather would like to call it My First Night SKY gazing
Forgetting my new pair of binocs was not something willed upon but New Year 2012 was approaching and as the hump-jump was everywhere, the sky was absolutely something to be forgotten about.
Do, you think the sky can be just something taken for granted and not taken care about? Obviously, for the half of my life I had never taken any interest with the sky, nor does the mass of dumbed down populace.
So why this sudden rush to understand the sky now??
The sky has been always there, neither it is so “enchanting” nor “magnetic” but our eyes are so riveted to our laptop screens or our TV sets that we have almost no time to care for what’s happening above us. Or, to just even ponder about a sky so beautiful with all its mysteries there waiting to be explored upon.
The creation of the heavens and the earth is indeed greater than the creation of mankind; yet, most of mankind knows not.
At 12:00 a.m midnight, around the world as it is, the festivities started with the fire works show.
In Mauritius, at the peak of the Signal Mountain this fireworks time-lapse was taken.
Unbelievingly, by one in the morning of January 2012, everything quietened up. The night was still. No stirring up of even the leaves on trees around.
I am still thinking why did I go out that night rather than sleep?
So, my first observation did happen on 01/01/2012. How do I remember this? I think reading a review somewhere I came upon the advice that if you are entering this amateur astronomy hobby, ever if you are observing even for a few minutes , just record the observations. It would help you a lot.
Personally, while reviewing at my log notes in my personal diary, I looked foolish of what I had logged as my first observations, but it was so interesting that an amateur as me brought in my own astronomy definitions on my first time to the already defined observable universe.
Nevertheless, the first observation remains the best and the most memorable.
And surprisingly the whole world is also. Take any beginner’s guide to the sky, they would talk only Orion,Orion, Orion. I didn’t know about Orion or its belt, but perhaps this was a sign from The Creator that this is where you should start your journey to the universe. There is so much I have learned about these three that I am baffled and there is still more to come.
The actual observation
Standing towards the west, I saw this magnificently in front of me.
What I actually wrote as observational notes?
Night gazing: The axe
Naked eye: Concentrated dots
Binocs: Small dots.
01:00 – 03:00 am
I also drew the dots in a diary.
What makes me foolish looking now is that I called the Orion belt as the axe’s blade and the Orion Nebulae as the axe’s handle.
Hey, if the Greeks can make out Gods out of stars why can’t I make my own Axe?
So, I have already fallen in love with the sky, what are you waiting to raise your eyes to the beautiful night sky?
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