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The Milky Way is not just a candy bar...

 

Coquita has slept through the night ever since she was a puppy, but tonight she woke me up at 2:00 am kind of talking and squirming, so, being a guy who has been well-trained by the little Princess, I decided that she must want to take a little “walk”.

 

We snuck out of bed, closed the bedroom door, turned on the Living Room light in order to get her “suited up” in harness and leash, and I threw on a pair of running shorts...and off we went for a “constitutional” on the beach.

 

And...that turned out to be what she wanted—and there were other fun things to see, to boot...

 

First off—the Milky Way was stretched all the way across the sky, and as I followed it backward (for me) toward the southeast, I saw the moon rising like a golden Nike Swoosh—really cool...

 

 I did not take this picture--thanks to a great photag from Hawaii...

 

 

 

 

 

It got me to thinking about when we were kids and we thought that only the cowboys in Montana could see the Milky Way--'cause that's what we heard when we listened to our "five-0-clock programs" on the radio.  For years all playing outside stopped as all of the neighborhood kids would run home to listen to the "Lone Ranger", Straight Arrow, Green Hornet, Superman, Red Ryder & Little Beaver, and a bunch more.  I think we learned more about morals and straight shootin' from those old shows than from any other influence...not sure...but, looking back, it certainly helped.

 

Speaking of sky gazing--Rox could never see the Big Dipper constellation, because no one explained to a little girl that a "dipper" was a large ladle...what kid growing up in the suburbs of the West Coast would know that Midwest term?  Her knowledge of a "Big Dipper" extended to the roller coaster in Santa Cruz...

 

Since the sky was crystal clear, and I could see about a jillion stars as they made up the "milky part" of the constellation, I was heartened to think that the Hubble telescope was being repaired, and not just going to be allowed to fall into the sea.  To imagine what that telescope can see beyond what the human eye can see is just too grand for words...

 

 

As I said a few times, living by the ocean tends to put things into perspective, and I'm sure that seeing images from the Hubble, that actually occurred billions of years ago, should really do it...

 

 

 

Posted on Mon, May 18, 2009 at 01:10AM by Registered CommenterBob & Roxanne | CommentsPost a Comment

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