There are infographics, and there are interactive displays that are entertaining and well designed and easy to read, but there’s no grit. There’s no dirt, no grime. Everything is factual.
It finally happened! I got to look through the telescopes at the Ladd Observatory! Unfortunately I wasn't able to take any pictures, but honestly I don't think my phone could have captured the experience anyway.
It was a little chilly out tonight, but the sky was relatively clear with a slight haze. There were a total of three telescopes available to look through tonight, one of which was the Ladd's historic 12 inch refractive telescope. Jupiter, along with its four Galilean moons, were out tonight, and it was my first time seeing all of them. Although I could only make it out to be a white blob with two pinkish bands inside, Jupiter was truly a sight to behold. I was also able to see some double star systems (Izar and Alpha Librae), as well as the Coma Star Cluster.
There were so many other people at the observatory tonight; all of them wanting to get a closer look at the stars in our universe. I don't know why I was so surprised that other people would also be interested in stargazing. It was really nice to see this little community of people gathered together.
Gazing up at the stars and the planets tonight, I felt so much closer to the universe.
10/10 would recommend going to an observatory to look at planets and stars. Go go go!
After weeks and weeks of disappointment, the Ladd Observatory was finally open! Ordinarily, the observatory is open on Tuesday nights from 9-10:30pm, weather permitting, but it seems that the key to accessing the observatory really is the weather. For some reason it's been cloudy and gloomy on every Tuesday night for the past four weeks (the stars were not aligned, I suppose).
I've begun looking into astronomy and astrology, and the various ways in which mankind has mapped the cosmos throughout history.
Stargazing: a visual essay exploring the ritual of gazing up at the sky to find meaning in the stars.
I'm starting a little blog for my thoughts, inspiration, and work process. Please keep an eye on this space for more content in the future! (and subscribe via email if you really want to be on top of things)