Gift of the Day: Telescopes and Astronomy
Dad Taught Me First
My father was very interested in Astronomy. He always kept me up to date on Astromomical Events. He taught me not to look directly at the sun during an eclipse. He showed me how to smoke glass to diminish the effect of the sun’s rays. That is not the best way to do it because using small glass is not really safe. Need some other kind of protection. Dad actually injured his looking at an eclipse before I was born.
Dad also told me about Albert Einstein and Relativity. Dad was very good at teaching difficult subjects to a young boy. My older friends thought I was nuts but Dad was right.
Dad told me all about Halley’s Comet. It returns to earth about every 75 years. It was here in 1986 and will be back in 2061. Dad first saw it in about 1911, so he would have been eleven years old. He was still around to see it in 1986, a year he was waiting for.
Are you old enough to have watched the Hale-Bopp comet in 1995? It hung around for over a month. We watched it through my spotting scope which has a 1000 mm lens. If you spot a comet that has not been reported before, the comet will be given your name. The name was shared by Hale and Bopp, the first observers reporting the comet. (How to Report a New Comet)
Through a pair of binoculars, you can see four (4) of Jupiter’s moons.They are
Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto. They were first spotted by Galileo Galileiin1610 and are called the Galilean Satellites. You would think that at least one of them would have been named after Galileo Galilei. He invented the telescope.
The great images from the Hubble Telescope make it easy to see what is out there but there is nothing like seeing them through your own optics.
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