Friday, August 1st 2003

My two nights of observing went well. The skies stayed completely clear, there were no technical hitches, and I had time to observe something I hadn't even planned to, which turned out to be only the fourth known star of a certain type in our entire galaxy of 200 billion stars.

I was doing some long exposures of my objects, so I had time to get out and appreciate the night sky. Mars was at the time closer to the Earth than it had been for tens of thousands of years, and it shone brightly and redly.

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