Most of the readers do not know Jim. Our friendship is relatively new. I cannot say I know him very well, but our brief contacts have been a blessing. He is the founder of Night Skies Network, and I believe his intent was simple: permit people to share their astro video output to each other. Then we came into the picture. We are oddballs in a way. We teach needy groups and individuals around the world (where we have an open door) how to observe the magnificent heavens from a biblical view. And, we have outfitted groups in Uganda and the Philippines with little observing gear, but these places are in the tropics and have schools. It’s hard when you do not have very much to observe anything, much less the night skies. Children, like those children here, are precious, so observing at night is hard due to safety and access issues. I told Jim what we did and he gave me simple straightforward guidance, which I followed. Now we (my wife and I) broadcast our telescope pictures with astro video to places half way around the world, and our international friends (and little young friends) can watch…and observe…and sketch…and ask questions through the Night Skies Network. We don’t have that many people using what we do, but the those who are have been blessed. So here is the sketch from the first official class, where we had 15 or so observers. Five observers were from the Philippines: people we had trained and sent equipment. The neat thing: it is their class time in the morning, when kids or teachers can watch and learn and participate.
Is it too much to give thanks but also to dream? I want to do this for children in the worst places with nothing, and bless them…teaching them how to observe the beautiful night skies that God has provided…and point to Him. Thanks Jim. You played an important part.
Here is the sketch from the first class…developed during the 90 minutes I talked and encourage the others to develop their work. It’s a bit busy, but that is because I was teaching how to sketch the object, develop and observing sheet, and provide detail about the first official class we conducted. It is a good day to give thanks.