Discovering Saturn really exists
November 26, 2013
I took an intro to astronomy class as a college freshman. One evening the professor surprised us by announcing an impromptu field trip. An hour later I was in a field looking through a telescope and seeing Saturn for the first time. I don't know exactly why...maybe it was just the spectacular rings...but I was stunned and awed. I still find it difficult to explain the wonder and amazement that I felt when I saw into my "backyard" and the magic in it. I was born too soon...it is my fondest wish to travel out there...to at least my backyard (if not further) and to see more of that magic. This lifelong connection to the universe has affected everything about my perspective, values, politics, relationships and sense of who I am.
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