Well, have you asked them? she said.
Huh. Nope, hadn't thought of that.
And with that, she strode over to the nearest telescope and asked the guy behind said telescope who he was and what he was doing. Because she's awesome that way.
It turns out that he was a member of the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York, a group devoted to the aesthetic and intellectual enjoyment of stargazing. On certain nights and in specific locations, they set up telescopes pointed in the right direction so that anyone who happens upon them can join in the celestial fun. And it just so happened that on that particular evening, conditions were just right for a primo view of Saturn.
So we got in line. And after just a few minutes, I stepped up to the telescope and got my first ever look at our solar system's 6th planet.
And it. was. so. cool.
|photo courtesy of Cambridge University Press|