Unlike soccer or movies, where new stars come and go, real stardom seems to last longer. A common star shines for a couple of thousand million years. Although the stars in itself are impressive enough already, there are also lots of other things to be seen. Like planets, shooting stars and sometimes even a comet. For some reason the moon could never raise my interest. When I had seen all constellations visible in Holland, I lost my interest, especially after I moved to Amsterdam in 1990. The city is a terrible place to watch the sky. Too many buildings and too much light. Although I missed the sunsets a lot, (and I still do), for some reason I didnt miss the stars, and for 6 years I hardly watched any at all.
June 1996, Ruigoord. I'm in an immense deserted open field near the small village Ruigoord. The next day a chess tournament is about to start in the village church, but I came a day earlier, just to enjoy the landscape. And... as it turned out the sky... It was an excellent night. I felt the same connection to the stars that I used to, and realized that in the previous years I gradually lost contact with this tremendous feeling. I also found out how many little facts I had forgotten, like names of stars and constellations. For instance, I couldnt even name all 3 stars of the summer triangle anymore, which of course highlighted the night in june. However, I felt delighted that the 'connection' was back. Having regained this, I quickly updated my knowledge and found a relativaly good place to watch stars in Amsterdam. For you Amsterdammers: it's the Nieuwe Meer. The sight to the south is pretty good, although to the southwest there's light pollution from the airport Schiphol.
Unlike my other hobbies, music, chess or computers, I don't share astronomy with
others. I never went to a club or an observatorium, and I never could raise
enthusiasm for it in other
If you don't SEE it, how could I tell you...