February 21st, 2008


... 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.