Looking up since 1969
December 3, 2012
When I was four years old Neil Armstrong walked on the Moon. I remember this all too well, as there was a live television broadcast and our family was riveted to the tube watching it. Growing up in a somewhat rural [at the time] part of Canada we had naturally ocurring darkskies [today its unlilely to be this way] and so stargazing was a pleasure of mine. Having such dark skies permitted seeing the Milky Way Galaxy every night with amazing clarity. With cold winters always came the Aurora Borealis which sometimes shone in a brilliant pinkish hue. I haven't let go of any of this as I grew up. I have seen less and less of the night time sky but the memories are still there, and they fed my passions and interests my entire life.
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