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#1826 laurelg9

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Posted Today, 10:54 PM

I'm busy, really busy, with my real life. I've got a kid who's a senior in high school, and I do pit crew for his marching band and coach the HS Science Olympiad team. Both seasons are starting up, and on top of that, all the senior year stuff. I don't have time, especially on weekend evenings.

 

Tonight after marching band, around eleven, I went out to take a peek at the moon.  I stumbled quite by accident by "some star cluster" I could see in my finder, even though it was just above the gibbous moon. I looked at it at low power and ---- you know, it looked familiar, but I couldn't place it. Weird trapezium shape with the tiny double star in the middle. I had to go in and get my phone to see on the app what it was. I rediscovered the Pleiades! Last winter when I started getting much more serious about astronomy (pandemic'd), the Pleiades were the first cluster beyond Orion I could reliably find. I sketched them a couple of times. I learned how it's the most ancient mythological star shape there is. And then, as it happens, it sunk below the western horizon and I lost touch. But tonight I found it again, over on the eastern horizon, in the hour before midnight.  

 

I have really appreciated getting back into this hobby, and, I appreciate the money I would have spent on commuting and whatnot getting spent somewhat obsessively on astronomy gear on CN, lol, especially now that I'm commuting again. I was tickled pink to "find" the pleiades (and whatever funny cluster that looks like a question mark by it, and the moon, and jupiter and the three moons I could see) tonight. Made me happy. 




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