Saturday, June 02, 2007
Widgets Do Wonders
Thanks to iMac widgets, I finally get answers to a long time question... 11 years long that is.
Every night, I look out my bedroom window to the night sky. The moon, the few stars and planets that are visible under the bright island city... even lesser without my glasses.
All this time, I thought the single largest bright dot in the night sky was the International Space Station. So thought because it is always the largest, non flickering dot in the sky that may be the only one out on any night.
I even wrote it several times in my old blog about it. I was totally wrong. Thanks to the wizard... I mean, the widget from Starry Night for iMac that confirms so.
I just had to pin-point my location on earth, which is not as difficult as it sounds. I just had to located Singapore in the world map and then tweaked both the latitude and longitude a little to get the nearest to my home.
It located my place as near Bedok... close enough.
With that, I direct it to look to the East, where my bedroom window is facing... and viola! The exact whereabouts of whatever little dots, bright and faint matches the actual view out my window at the same time!
How wonderful it that. How wonderful it is to tell me that that bright dot is Jupiter. Ahh... make sense, since it is the largest most, visible object in our night sky after the moon.
Yesterday was the second full moon in a month, a once in a blue moon... which puts one of my many trivial life's questions to rest at this age. Kind of a little too old to be learning such facts, I know... but I am a very slow learner. Nonetheless I get it eventually.
Now, where is Mars? A Job for Starry Night...