I’m glad I dragged the telescope out tonight. Stars everywhere were quickly ignored for the moons of Jupiter. Another planet, another planets moons. After a while I changed the eyepiece to pick out the bands; its storms. Orion grabbed me next, with her nebulae of baby stars. At this stage it was inevitable that I had to have a try at andromeda. It was just a smudge, I always expect it to be more. Eventually it begins to sink in, it can never fully sink in, that it is the furthest that can be seen with the naked eye. That little smudge is a collection of billions of stars, a number too big to comprehend at a distance too far to grasp.

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