February 21st, 2008

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... until your toes begin to thaw on the ride home

We went out to Glacier Ridge park to see the lunar eclipse. They had three nice telescopes and nicer-still astronomers helping people look up. Victoria had a hard time seeing through the telescope at first, which she expressed with a whiny panic: "I can't see, it's not working, what is the--WHOA! I see it! That is SO COOL!"

We saw Saturn and imagined we saw a couple of moons (I'm worse than V with a scope of any type, albeit less noisy), we saw Mars and the Orion Nebula. One very patient astronomer with a very bright laser pointer told constellation stories over and over. With so much going on, ninety minutes flies by before you know it. You hardly even notice the cold.