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Comet Excitement - Neowise Comet

Comet Excitement

Astronomy is one of those things that Thaddeus has a way of making fascinating for me.  And our recent night-trips outside have brought about some comet excitement for us.

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Two incidents where Thaddeus added a fascination about astronomy for me:

  1. We were looking at a low-hanging crescent moon in the night-sky one night.  He asked me if I could determine where the sun was based on the angle it hit the moon.  By tracing back the angle of the reflected light, I was able to estimate where the Sun was. But amazingly, the process brought a dimensionality to the moon that I had never noticed before. Amazingly, the moon showed up as having depth. It was a beautiful hanging orb in the sky.  Maybe you’ve always seen the moon that way, but if not, try this little experiment. It was kind of mind-blowing for me.
  2. One other time at night, we were looking at a night-sky where two planets were visible. Thaddeus mentioned that he loved when you could see two other planets. He said it was amazing to him that with three planets visible, he could determine the plane of the solar system and where Earth was in that plane.  WHAT?!?!  He did have to remind me that our planets are all on the same plane. And that it requires three points on a plane to determine the position of the plane.  solar-system-planets-shutSo, with knowing the position of the two planets, plus Earth, I could envision the entire solar system for the first time ever! And where we were in that solar system! My mind was blown again.

So with a comet that won’t appear for another 6,800 years, we had to try and see it.

We went out on Saturday night but we didn’t see it. It was assumed that the tree-line in our neighborhood blocked it.

We drove to a local park at sunset on Sunday night, but there was a cloud cover on the horizon, so we went home.

But last night we went back to the park. We couldn’t find it until it was dark enough to see the big dipper with out naked eyes. And even then, I needed binoculars to find it.  But it was thrilling when I finally saw it.

Setting Expectations

Astronomical events aren’t always enthralling. I’ve come to realize that they require a certain ability to envision their wonder before they unlock their fascination. This comet is no exception. It’s a smudge on the night sky.  Even with binoculars.

But knowing where that smudge has been. And understanding where it’s going. This 3-mile wide projectile in space takes on as much excitement as I’m willing to bring to it.

After sighting Neowise, we drove home and see it from our front door. Both with binoculars and with the naked eye.  It was a lot easier finding it when we knew exactly where to look.

Current Knitting/Crochet

My progress on knitting and crochet WsIP is not quite as exciting. I made minimal progress on two of my current three WsIP.

I made the most progress on the Little Hearts Wrap.

Little Hearts Wrap 07-22-20 01

It’s only a few rows. But I also added an extender cable to my working needle so I could splay it out a bit wider for blog photography.

Little Hearts Wrap 07-22-20 02

As my hands do this pattern even when I’m very tired now, I’m liking this stitch and the fabric it creates very much.

The Interlocking Crochet Infinity Scarf is a bit more problematic.

Interlocking Crochet Infinity Scarf 07-22-20 01

I’ve added a new color stripe (yes, also hard to detect). But I also realized there is a double twist in this scarf that makes it a Double Moebius…which really isn’t a thing. But I may try to make it the new “fetch”.

Interlocking Crochet Infinity Scarf 07-22-20 02

Regardless, I think this scarf will end up being a very appealing garment and will sell well if I ever get to display at a craft show again.

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