Three nights ago, our guests in the big 6 bedroom LODGE hiked out to the Island after dinner, sat on the rocks, and stargazed.
Two nights ago, they met Nancy on the lawn, and she helped them identify some of these beautiful winter constellations. Orion is dominant just now, and easy to spot. Using the stars in Orion's belt, it is easy to find the Pleiades, Aldebaran and (heading to the left) Sirius (named, of course, for the character in Harry Potter... or vice versa) March nights are great for star watchers, because it's not that cold, and the stars up here are so bright you can almost reach out to grab one.
Last night, everyone was on the lawn again, to watch the International Space Station zip overhead. Jake was the first to spot it, and everyone was amazed at both how bright, and how fast, it is. Moving at over 27,000 kph, it does scoot right along.
Jake says he did wave. We think the astronauts waved back, but the Station was so bright it was hard to see...
If you missed this, you can check the Nasa website That will give you all the information you'll need to know when the Station will be overflying your area. Just one thing -- pay attention: if the site says the station will be visible between 8.08 and 8.12... they mean exactly that.