Things to do when you can’t sleep: xxix

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xxix :  Watch the stars go in

Half past four, and you know you are wide awake.  At least this summer you don’t have to put on five layers before you go outside.

It’s the first time in the new season that I’ve seen Orion fully risen, and the Twins were spread out towards the East with Jupiter shining between them.  The sky was already paling.  Was it worth fetching out a scope?

Of course I did; the slow small hours suddenly became a race to set up and observe as the cosmos went in.  The last to go was a bleached thread and scrap of the dwindling Moon as it climbed the blue sky, just ahead of sunrise.

Europa was in transit

Europa was in transit

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