Sometimes you have to step out of your box and leave the comfort zone.
Yesterday was one such a time.
I and a few others had been invited over to a friends house to sit outside in the gathering dusk to feed ourselves and the ever present mosquitoes.
Having had quite enough of the little buzzing, biting creatures this last week I was leaning towards an evening indoors with the AC on and a good book.
Well the persistence of friends overcame the reluctance and I spent more than a few hours in quiet enjoyment and awe while DEET took care of the the distractions.
A Conjunction between Mars and Saturn is happening right now above your heads, all you have to do is look up, just a little, to the South East. No other equipment other than your eyes is necessary.
There they are hanging like jewels amongst a million million other jewels.
But for us the real magic was yet to be revealed, there were three telescopes set up all pointed in the same piece of sky.
Saturn was the target.
Saturn with her rings filled the viewfinders.
Everyone who looked through those long tubes gasped in amazement.
Everyone from the absolute 'newbie' to the seasoned 'pro' stood and bowed their heads to peer into the optics and all were moved.
Discussions ranged from the obvious 'wow did you see the rings' ? to 'what does it all mean'?
Saturn held the show and held us in her magic.
Saturn, to Holst was the bringer of old age, to us
she was the bringer of childhood …
“There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child. There are seven million”.. ~Walt Streightiff