Thoughts of the Philippines: The “Winter Circle”

The Winter Circle is the name of a giant asterism or pattern in the sky. During January to March and high in the sky is an approximate circle of dominant stars. It is huge in terms of breadth; it cannot be viewed except with the naked eye. On hazy nights you can see it best because all the minor stars cannot be seen. During our mission trip to the Philippines (the report is under Records then Ministry Reports on the www.christworksministries.org site), it was a key object during several lessons as we taught the young Philippine teachers and some staff members how to star hop and find major constellations. I still remember one night when Angie, Madol, and a few others were smiling and laughing–excited as they traced out the circle in a very hazy sky with broken clouds. In middle March I had a similar opportunity to see the circle in Virginia but I could not help but remember the nights with my Philippine friends and smile.

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About Roland

We avidly enjoy teaching about and observing God's creation. We are active in Christian mission work that often takes us to the Philippines and Asia. the observation of God's creation in terms. Part of the outreach and work is to maintain a site: www.cwm4him.org [or use christworksministries.org]. This site includes inspirational blogs, free downloadable courses, and a history of the charity organization. We aim to share the love of Jesus Christ, who has graciously extended his love to us. Our faith is a walking faith, so faith and works, as much as we are able, are married together.
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