It's time once again to not look at the calendar, and head up to "Ketelsen East" in the outskirts of Chicago to visit friends and family! Yes, we know it can be cold and miserable, with a real chance of getting snowed in this time of year, but we get back almost every 2 months for the better part of a week, regardless of time-of-year. Besides the afore-mentioned F&F, we're also working on the house up here, and there is work to be done! And what better time for working on painting and indoor projects than December!?
Now many of you likely say "what pretty lights!" But the amateur astronomers among you are likely aghast at the light pollution! Since we are flying over the lights, if they were even moderately shielded to reduce glare, we should only see the diffuse light on the ground, not the lights directly. I'll endeavor to take some of Tucson that show that effect sometime. Here in Chicago, I think they are proud of all the "pretty lights" that add to the skyline. Of course, if you try to do astronomy here, the sky glow from the urban area can be seen hundreds of miles away. But that is one of the reasons we spend most of our time in Tucson, for that inky sky relatively easily obtained with a short drive.
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