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Kudos and Kindness from Aspen Times readers (July 30, 2017)

The possibilities of life

Life is a magnificent adventure of undiscovered gems

Yet to be discovered like precious sparkling crystals

Strung together like a sacred necklace dear in memory

We are a mythological force of infinite possibilities

A loving spirit wanting nothing more than living in peace

On a spec of star dust in an expanding universe

Trillions of light years wiser than our short gift of life

We are blessed with here on Earth in this physical reality

Hinton Harrison

Aspen

Stars come out in El Jebel

There was a new moon July 22, which is when the sun, moon and Earth are (almost perfectly) aligned, with the moon in the center position. In this alignment, the illuminated side of the moon faces away from the Earth, and we can’t see it. Astronomers and stargazers using telescopes typically try to avoid the moon because its glare interferes with the views of planetary details and deep-sky objects. For these reasons, telescopic viewing of the night sky is best at or near the new moon.

On that night, in the darkness of the new moon, Aspen Science Center held another successful New Moon Stargazer event at Crown Mountain Park in El Jebel. Over 100 people attended and were rewarded with warm temperatures and mostly clear skies that afforded excellent views of the rings of Saturn, moons of Jupiter and nebulae and globular clusters far beyond our solar system. It was a wonderful night for all!

As proud as we are to bring events like this to the public, we must acknowledge that we didn’t do it alone. We received crucial help from a couple of wonderful individuals.

First, we would like to thank Rebecca Wagner and the staff of the Crown Mountain Recreation District. They were awesome to work with and they made it very easy for us to put on this event. We were reminded of what a great asset Crown Mountain Park is to the mid-valley!

Our most sincere thanks and appreciation go out to Bryan White and Frank Nadell, local astronomy gurus who brought their own telescopes and served as both viewing instructors and astronomical tour guides.

The next New Moon Stargazer event will be held Aug. 26 at a location to be determined. Information and registration will soon be on our website at Aspen ScienceCenter.org. You won’t want to miss it!

Keith Berglund

Operations manager, Aspen Science Center

Congrats to David Perry

I wish Mr. David Perry well in his new endeavors. That a boy!

Emzy Veazy III

Aspen and Burbank, California


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