28. Star Gazer

I have of course gazed up at many stars on many nights.

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photo courtesy of Remtrek

I also have a dim recollection of a school excursion to a Planetarium though this memory is somewhat overshadowed by the ones of trips to the Blayney Abattoir and the movie Towering Inferno.

There is one star too, for which I feel a particular attachment. It is the one that settles into view above the place where I live. Driving there in the dark it is my first sense of home and  its familiar comfort.

It was impossible then to pass up the chance to peer through a powerful telescope into the clearest of skies in the company of someone who knew them intimately and had both knowledge and passion for his subject.

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photo courtesy of Remtrek

In Karijini National Park we met for the tour at the eco-retreat cafe/restaurant and piled onto a small bus for the tour with Phil Witt of Remtrek. We travelled a shortish distance along a dirt road into an open space set up for sitting and listening and looking. It was very chilly but I had a memorable close up gaze at the moon, the rings of Saturn, and all the evocative constellations set bright against the deep dark.

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