Many years ago my job demanded that I have a qualification in astronomy and cosmology, but although I gained both I had little interest in gazing at far off stars. I was a theoretical engineer not an astronomer. That was the case until the early part of the nineteen-nineties when I was given a pair of binoculars as a Christmas present. A few days, or should I say nights, later, I had occasion to go outside, it was a crystal clear, frosty night and the sky was full of stars, with no Moon to bleach the stars out. On a whim I went back indoors to get my new binoculars, I put them to my eyes and turned them skyward. What I saw stunned me, through those lenses the sky exploded with light, stars appeared where none had been seen before. By accident my binoculars fell upon the Orion Nebula and the sheer beauty took my breath away. At that moment I was hooked on astronomy and I went outside on almost every clear night. After a while I built a reflector telescope from a shaving mirror and a 1.2 meter length of 10” plastic tube, it worked but lacked the detail I wanted, but I obtained some great views of the Moon. Not long after I bought the first of a line of astronomical telescopes and although I have seen so many mind boggling sights I can still remember that first night and the view of the Orion Nebula, I also have a vivid memory of the first time I observed Saturn, a golden broach on a blue velvet cloth.
The purpose of this group is to inspire all Christians to look up and see the glory of our Creator’s handiwork. To encourage people’s interest in our home universe. If we are the only inhabitants of this universe, should we not know what our home looks like and be able to extol its virtues.
Group Leader - Dr. Derek P. Blake
Co-Admin - Amanda Shannon