Our local Victorian automobile magazine had a feature on star gazing. There can only be tenuous connection between cars and stars. Perhaps after a car crash involving a bump on the head you see stars, or you are lying imobile on the ground with terrible injuries and staring up at stars.
No matter, I just thought I would take a look at the recommended website for star gazers, heavens-above.com . It took me a while, but I eventually worked out how to set my location. We can only see really bright stars here. The city lights kill all but the brightest. Ah, it is suggested that on 21st of December at 9.44pm, in the direction of east south east at an angle of 10 degrees to 60 degrees above the horizon, the International Space Station will be able to be seen crossing the sky.
As I thought to write this post tonight for Sunday morning, I realise how bad my memory is, because I thought it was 22nd of December and about 10.30pm and at 100 degrees. The 100 degrees did not make sense as it meant would not really able to see it. I wrote myself a note with the correct details to remind me, but it remained unnoticed by me on the 21st. I am writing the correct details from the note now.
Just before bed on the 22nd, I went out onto the balcony, thinking I may see the International Space Station fly past overhead, way up in the night sky. I had the wrong night and I was an hour late, but I did not know that at the time. Stupid me. Stupid uninteresting Space Station. Stupid skies.
And then......quick R, come and have a look at this. It is the International Space Station in the sky. Twenty, maybe thirty seconds it took to travel across our visible sky. It was quite exciting.
I once asked my dad, how can space go on forever. What happens when you get to the end? There must be an end. What is after that? It was about when I was of the age when I also asked if a cat had to face being eaten by a crocodile or swim across a river to safety, what would it choose? I did not know then that cats can actually swim.
So rest assured, my lack of interest in the skies above will continue, aside from the moon of course. It is a bit interesting, and so are its effects on the Earth's population, as I well know. So many times at work I have thought, is it a full moon? Checking later, it has turned out to be so.