Randomness

1) Harry Potter is 759 pages

2) Jupiter & Venus are high(ish) and gorgeous(!) in the sky – That is a hint you should go out and look at them
3) Sagittarius is at its best. If you have never scanned it with binoculars on a clear summer night, you are missing a great chance to randomly discover for yourself a star forming region or a young cluster of stars. (7×50 binoculars will do the trick from a dark area)

4) August 12 is the Perseid meteor shower. Plan ahead – It is supposed to be truly spectacular!

I’m now going to go read number 7

6 Comments

  1. Jorge Schrauwen
    Jul 22, 2007

    I’m still waiting for my copy of #7
    I’ll be in france the 12th IIRC so like last year the weather there is usually better 🙂

    It was a ‘dark’ mostly cloudless night yesterday… but due to the small clouds and the reflection of the port of antwerp not to much to see 🙁

  2. Kevin
    Jul 22, 2007

    Harry Potter 7? No thanks. Never got into the story; have never read a book or seen a movie.

    I head out to our observatory every chance I can to observe. I’m going to do a daytime run late next week to image a crescent Venus. As for stuff down in Sagittarius, the globular M22 is personally my favorite, better than M13.
    Perseid? Eh, I’ve been burned before by staying up all night for 25-30 meteors. I’ll take the sleep. 🙂

  3. Joanna
    Jul 22, 2007

    Book 7 only has 607 pages over here in the UK; my husband and I both enjoyed it 🙂

  4. Jorge Schrauwen
    Jul 22, 2007

    I wonder… I’ve seen books with drawings in them… but non of my UK hardback or paperback editions have them…

    Maybe the US versions do and thats why it has more pages?

  5. Astroggek
    Jul 23, 2007

    The Persieds are always my favorite, because they occur close to my birthday. I’ll be up at the observatory on 8/11 and perhaps into the early morning of 8/12. Hopefully my oldest children will be able to stay awake long enough to enjoy them.

    HP7 is being split three ways in our house. Well, two now, my wife had first dibs, and she’s finished. My oldest has had it nearly all day, but I passed her bookmark easily with an hour and a half of reading.

  6. Alex
    Jul 27, 2007

    Harry Potter Book 7 – Most definitely. I’m in the middle of it now, savoring each and every page. My wife finished it over a 2 day period and is reading it again (she’s a much faster reader than I am). Oh, and if you haven’t figured it out, we bought two copies because we could wait for the other to finish. I know, a little pathetic, but we can live with it.

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