A Planetarium out My Front Door


My co-worker and fellow blogger shared this article with me in which the columnist challenged people, in the new year and the new decade, to look at a few things through fresh eyes. The writer listed 52 suggestions, one for every week of the year. This week’s topic is the night sky.

There’s a planetarium in my backyard. In my front yard too. On a clear night, I walk outside to take out the trash or check the mail and the sky is sprinkled with sparkling diamonds. It’s just gorgeous!

I remember one night a few years ago — I walked out, looked up, and was just amazed all the stars I could see. I literally thought, “This is just like being inside a planetarium.” In a way, that’s kinda sad. Sad that I think the real thing resembles the man-made replica rather than walking into the planetarium and admiring how close it comes to the night sky. But now I know better and I encourage my boys whenever possible to look up and appreciate and enjoy the gift of the stars and the gift of living in a place far enough away from city lights to see them.

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