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May 26, 2013

"If the stars should appear but one night every thousand years how man would marvel and stare." --Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ladder to the Pleiades

"My daughter, Hannah Virginia, who recently turned three years old, is teaching me about the stars. Far from being a liability to her, my own profound astronomical ignorance has turned out to be her boon and, through her, a boon to me as well. The most important thing the kid has taught me is the brilliant, open secret that if you don't go outside and look up, you won't see anything. Every night before bedtime she takes my hand and insists that I take her outside to look at the stars. If this sounds easy, ask yourself if you can match her record of going out every single night to observe the sky -- something she has done without fail for more than a year now. That she has somehow brought her celestially illiterate father along is more amazing still..." This short piece shares more about Hannah and the lessons that her steadfast tradition of star-gazing taught her father.


Take the time out of your busy week to go stargazing! You never know what surprises you might find :)