Evening sky

October 30, 2011

On Friday night the autumn sky was at it’s best in the early evening. Jupiter was rising over Oxnead.

In the west a star flashed with so much red and green that at first we mistook it for an aircraft. It was eventually identified as Arcturus, one of the brightest stars in the night sky and part of the constellation Bootes. It was sobering to learn that the star light which we saw was leaving it’s source, over 200 trillion miles away, when Abba released the single ‘Waterloo’ – although this meant more to Helen than it did to me. To find this star we followed the direction tail of the plough in a gentle curve.

After all this deep space thought it was a relief to call in at the village club for a beer and game of darts.

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