February 6, 2012

Summer Sky Joy In .. January?

From my observing journal: January 29
This morning at 6:40am I went outside to bring Sophy out  to answer natures call and It was actually mild out, so mild out I felt  amazing. Very happy to feel the mild  air. It felt soooo good on my face I took off my winter hat and hood off my parka and yelled " Wow! it is so mild out wow that feels good".

I got so energized, the night sky was dark and another amazing thing happened, my summer, my beloved summer sky was out. All of my constellations I love to observe was above me and all around. My favorite area was to the east, the summer triangle. The summer triangle is a part of  my heart, I have indescribable joy  for them.

They are the constellations I learned to know the sky with when I first began observing them in 2000. I can still feel the amazing  joy in me from when I first got to learn about Cygnus, Lyra and the star Altair. My deep bond with Vega from those first nights of exploring blue stars in Lyra will always be there. This morning I was so happy too see them all in the sky, including Hercules and Scorpio. I just stopped in my tracks this morning, joy started getting  to me and I said "Sophy it is my summer sky, wow it's here!". Then I got teary eyed and started to cry a little, I have missed them so much this winter, observing in general.

But, I'm ready to attack! I have been studying deep, very very deep sky maps to find challenging things out in space this year, bring em on!  The mild air on my face made me sappy too, the amazing feeling of spring air is so welcomed and refreshing rather than the biting cold. So amazing to feel it on my face I felt renewed. Great feeling to start a new day!

Sophy and I were both enjoying the very refreshing  fresh air and as the sun came up  you could only see Vega and Mars and I sat there feeling connected to my summer sky, in January, how bizarre is that!  Even though it is only january 29th  today, the yearly March Messier Marathon is right around the corner.


Scilian B. said...

Hey hey, found your blog just there. Good read, really gets your enthusiasm across well! Just got me a 5" Newtonian, had a good night up the Kilpatrick hills on Saturday night with it, with the Moon, Jupiter (with 5 moons visible) and a 3/4 Mars making a late appearance on the horizon. Good stuff! Your scopes are amazing btw, hopefully I can work my way up to that! Eyes to the skies. Max.

Pembrokeshire Astronomer said...

Hi NSG, so good too feel the Springtime once again....It's definitely been a long Winter.....Looking forward to seeing the Summer triangle in the warm evening sky... :0)

Great Blog.... :0)

Good luck with the Deep Sky list...

Pembs ...

Anonymous said...

Have fun with the Messier list !
we're still having temperatures near 5°F with snow cover over here in Belgium.... clear but so damn cold.
I'm definitely also looking forward to the milder spring temperatures to get back under the stars.
Got the Top 200 Doubles you posted some time ago entered in my SkyTools 3... will be first on my list when I get out.

Jay said...

Glad you connected with the summer sky. For me, winter is my favorite season to observe and the cold doesn't bother me at all. I hope your able to get some of those faint objects come the next new moon.

Scilian B. said...

Good to hear you're back online, looking forward to reading what you've been 'scoping of late. I've had some nice views of Jupiter and moons and my first ever live view of the Orion nebula. Was excellent! Max

NiteSkyGirl said...

Hey Scillian!

It's good to be back online! Nice that you have been out there under the sky!! Orion is the best nebula EVER to observe.

% moons visible around Jupiter? AWESOME, that was a lucky shot of a view through the eyepiece! Congrats on your new scope, have a blast with it always!

NiteSkyGirl said...

Hey Pembrokeshire Astronomer! Good to see you! Awesome words!! Summer sky is around the corner!!

NiteSkyGirl said...

Hey anonymous!!

Yep I still have that list!!
Top 200 Doubles

It would be great to hear your observations of that list!! Enjoy it, mot amazing 200 things your eyes will ever see!

NiteSkyGirl said...

Hey Jay!!

The winter sky is the best for showing people what is in the sky because we are closer to the winter sky than in summer I understand. The Orion nebula has the best nebula, the star clusters in Canis Major !

Also the Pleiades and Hyades are starry sights in the scope!