Just after sunset, we often see the International Space Station pass overhead from our float cabin. My wife Margy and I sit in our “zero gravity” chairs on the deck and imagine the astronauts passing overhead. Once their bright dot winks out of the sun’s reflection, I close my eyes and dream about what it would be like to be way up there, looking down at the world spread out below.
My telescope spends lots of time on the corner of my cabin deck this time of year, ready for action. During the day, it tracks sunspots. At night, there’s Messier 57 Ring Nebula and Messier 13 Hercules Globular Cluster to follow. Little wonder that deep sky objects like these often become settings for my science fiction books.
Do you like to sky watch? — Wayne