Oregon traffic jam worth the celestial view | Taking Stock


Last updated 8/30/2017 at Noon

On Aug. 21, I got to see Venus and Orion before sunrise. Orion is my favorite constellation, and I seldom see it at this time of year.

I usually only see Orion in the night sky in winter and spring months. It disappears from my usual viewing hours in May and reappears in November.

As I have gotten older, and especially since the deaths of my wife, brother and a number of close friends, I wonder when Orion disappears from the evening sky if I will be there to see it again later in the year. So seeing Orion was a special occasion for me, and Venus was a bonus.

Later that same day, I was a...

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