Tuesday, February 24, 2009

On, Comet!

Clear skies tonight may afford a great view of Comet Lulin as it passes. Check out the Sky and Telescope story for details on viewing.

We're big on sky watching in our family. Our youngest, Joe, was born when comet Hyukatake was clearly visible.

"The comet is amazing, you should see this," the midwife said when she arrived.

I was a little preoccupied, being in labor and all. But I considered it a good omen, and everyone who was at our house in the wee hours of March 24th, 1996, got to enjoy a spectacular star show and a good birth.

The baby was, for a time, saddled with the nickname: "Joe Comet."

Hoping for clear skies tonight.

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