- The Amateur Astronomer - Issue #3
The Amateur Astronomer is a monthly advice column that looks to make a constellation. By re-presenting the stars, bringing them, you, and their light just a little bit closer, we are seeking to make site-specific observations about our setting with the goal of growing closer. Once a month we aim to introduce a “tool” borrowed from the gamut of childhood plaything to beyond our realm of expertise. We suggest a social application and provide diagrammatic instructions as to how one might continue to search the night sky (with a “take-home activity” for the reconstruction of prospective aforementioned instrument).
Sabina and Carissa are two pals trying to call you right now, but the telephonic-love-satellite is down.
II. How to use in daily life
I’ve been afflicted with starry fever. How I’ve longed to embrace your lunar circumference with a halo of far-away flame. May 21st will be our annular anniversary. Mark the calendar.
I’ve been redesigning how I might perceive your essential features, given this new eclipsed purview. Sitting in the dark like listless space-age Aphrodite, I’m wondering which vantage would be best for observing you. Perhaps you should be standing in front of me (or was it me in front of you).
We can’t be far behind the modern science fiction daydream of knowing your deepest darkest parts, only thus far fantasized about in pulp publications. Dragging my inevitable anchor of space junk across an unrealized landscape, I’m reinventing my mission under the influence of that outer black blanket.
III. Take-home activity
(“Rocket Goggles”—consume (3) space-cocktails and observe the Solar Eclipse (May 21) or Transit of Venus (June 5). Recipe follows.)