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Friday, December 23, 2005


Street party

Venus and telescope at street party.
Christmas time sees the appearance of the street party. All the families on our street got together the chat, eat and imbibe their favorite drinks while the kids played cricket, or kicked footballs into trees (which I then had to climb to retrieve them). The afternoon twilight put on a nice show, while everyone enjoyed to warm conditions and fellowship. Eventually it got dark, and I dragged out the old portable refractor to show the kids Venus. Everyone, including the adults, were interested, especially as Venus is an amazing thin crescent of goodly size. Some people thought they were looking at the Moon. Mars was less successful due to cloud obscuring it, but a good session of planet gazing rounded off a fantastic street party.

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