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    Posted July 12, 2014 by
    McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania
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    Your views of space and stars

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    Small Town Pittsburgh Allegheny Observatory.

    . The sky can be enjoyed anywhere. It's a constant , an anchor if you will in a world full of uncertainties. . I have always had a sky connection as my Farther was a navigator In WWII on a B17 . He would take us to Buhl Planetarium , long gone in City now replaces by the Science Center. He always had us using a ring within a ring to find the positions of the planets and constellation in the sky. Where the North Star was and what it meant to navigators hundred of years ago. The ability to go places by navigation by the stars. I learned what this meant to men's lives after he died. with a granddaughter only 6 months old. , I had found out from Air Force Buddies that against all odds he had navigated by the stars to save the crews while returning from a bombing mission. , having no navigation on the plane, a B17 with it's system and much of plane knocked out in battle. As his daughter I wrote a book honoring him . It is the one with constellations in rhyme so kids can learn about them. A few nights ago I got to go and learn about the nistory of the great telescope of Allegheny Observatory in Pittsburgh. It was a full Moon and a history lesson in Astronomy by a passionate professor. who explained . Pittsburgh's history in Astronomy dating back to pre Civil War. They were navigating by the stars then and before that . Pittsburgh Scientist were documenting observations . and inventing wonderful equipment to refine future Astronomy.. I think children should looks at the stars and have them explained in books like mine. We might be raising a future explorer of other worlds .just by reading to them and teaching them simple things about the sky.
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