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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Fleeting moments - astronomically speaking

The fireball seen in the Northern parts of South Africa the country late last year prompted me to ponder about our fragile planet being hit by objects from space. However, it also made me think about the thrill and lasting impressions of some fleeting moments relating to astronomy.

There is the “everyday” beauty of moments of unexpected delight: a full moon that suddenly rises from behind buildings or a mountain like a butter-coloured yellow balloon against a navy-blue early evening sky. Or the pleasant surprise of looking up from the centre of a light-polluted city on a very clear evening - and realising that I could easily count six of the Seven Sisters in the Pleiades. Or watching the stars pop out one by one as you sit at the beachfront and having a stranger come up to you to ask if they may borrow your binoculars for a moment to look at Jupiter or Saturn.