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With encroachment of light pollution across globe, pristine skies of my youth have been gradually fading behind yellow-orange glow of ever more street lamps. Where stars once twinkled on a velvet background, only a few hardy garnets of light now poke through misty haze and background neon glow. But Moon is always there, outshining any murk and pollution we cough up into sky.
It's a shame we don't treat sky with same respect we give our national parks. After all, sky belongs to all of us. How many of us really appreciate people throwing garbage into our back yards or littering our parks. Why should we allow others to pollute our natural resources?
These days, I'm getting into lunar photography with digital cameras and more sophisticated CCD cameras. I've posted a few of my images on my website if you'd like to see them. I still find a night under stars with a partially lit Moon high in sky a relaxing and humbling pursuit. The Moon is only object in solar system where we can see real surface detail. I'm so passionate about it that I also wrote an ebook called Observing Moon (http://www.nightskyobserver.com/Observing-The-Moon-eBook.htm).
Growing up during Apollo era, I have to say that those missions played a great part in spurring on my interest in moon. My interest is alive and well and extending in other directions (more on that another time). I hope yours is too.
Onward and upward, as they say!
Gary Nugent has spent more years than he cares to remember pursuing astronomy as a hobby. He runs a number of astronomy based based sites: Night Sky Observer: http://www.nightskyobserver.com The Moon This Month: http://www.nightskyobserver.com/The-Moon-This-Month.htm LunarPhase Pro: http://www.lunarphasepro.com "Photon" Astronomy Ezine: http://www.photonezine.com