All speckled with stars

“We had the sky up there, all speckled with stars, and we used to lay on our backs and look up at them, and discuss about whether they was made or only just happened.” Mark Twain

For most children their first rhyming poem is “twinkle, twinkle little star”. Looking up into a clear dark night, counting stars and finding constellations is a fascinating glimpse of our universe. Growing up in a city it was hard to see all of the constellations but the first time I went to a planetarium I was enthralled. Years later, on trips far away from the city lights I again experienced the wonder of the dark skies. With the help of a friend’s telescope I saw constellations I only read about or saw at the planetarium many years before. At any age, a dark sky is both mysterious and exciting to explore. Studying astronomy brings us closer to understanding our world.

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