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The Eye of God Can Be Seen This September

Is it not by his high superfluousness we know
Our God? For to be equal a need
Is natural, animal, mineral: but to fling
Rainbows over the rain
And beauty above the moon, and secret rainbows
On the domes of deep sea-shells,
And make the necessary embrace of breeding
Beautiful also as fire,
Not even the weeds to multiply without blossom
Nor the birds without music:
There is the great humaneness at the heart of things,
The extravagant kindness, the fountain
Humanity can understand, and would flow likewise
If power and desire were perch-mates.
The Excesses Of God by Robinson Jeffers

What to See in the Night Sky in September:  This month, several astronomy sites are  recommending the Helix Nebula (NGC 7293) or, as it’s more widely known, the “Eye of God.”

Located roughly 650 light-years from Earth, it is one of the closest planetary nebulae and easy to spot through binoculars or small telescopes. It’s believed to have formed about 10,600 years ago when a dying star exploded and shed its outer layers into space. To spot it, Cosmic Pursuits recommends looking “10 NW of the bright star Fomalhaut.” To look into the Eye of God go here for directions The Helix Nebula – Cosmic Pursuits

The Helix Nebula is located about 10º NW of the bright star Fomalhaut. It looks like a big Moon-sized grey circle in a pair of binoculars. At low-to-medium power in a telescope, the nebula appears as a smokey oval set in a triangle of 10th-magnitude stars. At first, it seems well-defined and somewhat featureless. But keep looking.


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  • Dirk September 7, 2022, 3:06 PM

    What a day, nephew lost his lace in Forest Hill Ca, I’m sitting on the deck, and the mountain perhaps two miles away took a dry lightening hot. Flame on. Fires racing down the mountain, we’ve just learned it’s burning our friends Dairy, perhaps 2000 milk cows.

    Our daughter in law is #2 in state fire, just texted told us to advise our son in law to get ready to roll.

    Around Klamath falls is literally blowing up. Bombers are up, I’ve timed it to 12 minute race track time, rotate, dump land, at least 1/2 hour retardant times. Three choppers dipping.

    My kid p, his dozer crews, arrived are hitting it hard. Wind 30 mph.

  • Foo September 7, 2022, 7:13 PM

    Something wonderful!