Thursday, October 24, 2013
Since I blogged about my middle-of-the-night stargazing adventures on Nate Day, I've been itching to stargaze some more! Enter StarDate.org! They have great tips and tricks for the beginner stargazer - like me - all the way up to the most experienced! They also have a list of places holding Star Parties. That's where I found a link to the Atlanta Astronomy Club! Score!
Granted, I've been sick the past few days and that has put a real damper on my hankering to get out and watch the stars but it's about to ramp up in late-November / early-December when comet ISON passes by the Sun. Why is that such a big deal? If ISON doesn't get obliterated by the Sun's heat, it will be the most visible object in the night sky! Imagine! It'll be like all my sci-fi movie visual dreams coming true!
Even though I live OTP (that's Outside The  Perimeter to you non-Georgia folks), I don't live far enough OTP that it's fairly easy to get someplace rural for some stargazing. Sure, the Enota Mountain Retreat was nice but it was also 2 hours away! Maybe it wouldn't hurt to secure a campsite in a non-wooded area for mid-December for some ISON-watching? What a fun weekend excursion! All I need is to check off some items on StarDate's helpful checklist and I'll be ready!
I still need to check which areas around me (preferably on a mountain top) would be ideal for stargazing - and that they AREN'T affected by the Government Shutdown...I guess I don't really need to limit it to Georgia, if I don't have to. I could venture out to Tennessee, North Carolina, or even Kentucky! They're all a reasonable drive away - except, maybe, Kentucky. We could stay on the Appalachian Trail and pretend we're living the way of the pioneers using only the night sky to guide us.
A bit much, huh?
Maybe I should just stick to possibly joining the Atlanta Astronomy Club and see if there's going to be an ISON-watching star party in the near future, perhaps?