Bright Light in the Sky

Venus on Tuesday, September 1, over Twin Brooks Drive
Venus on Tuesday, September 1, over Twin Brooks Drive

Was it there yesterday morning?  Last week?  Last month?

What is it?  Why does it shine so bright?

What does it mean?

I can imagine our distant ancestors wondering about the lights in the sky; some of them seeming to slowly shift positions compared to the other lights that seem static, that move together in the giant wheel in the sky.

That wonder will begin again today as Astronomy Labs start at High Point University.  Today we will use star wheels and “Stellarium” to simulate the night sky during our daylight classes.

I’ll ask, “Which way is north?”  How many will point up?

By the way, that’s Venus in the early morning sky today.  Mars is somewhere between Venus and the horizon.


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