I am not the most technological person nor am I that addicted to my cell phone, but even still I find myself looking down alot during the day. Sometimes I’m staring down at my phone, or into my monitor or even now I’m looking down at my keyboard as I type this out. (I never took that computer class in high school.) We all do it, some more than others. Its become second nature. I do get a kick out of watching people with their heads in their phone seemingly oblivious to the world around them walking around and nearly running into children and doors or worse. The Japanese are so concerned they launched a public campaign. My personal favorite is a group of people sitting around a table ignoring each other in favor of their smartphone.
I was prompted to write about this after an early evening outing with my son (who’s 18 months old) earlier this month who reminded me to look up. He was busy pointing to the evening sky. The moon was shining bright. It was beautiful. Also, have you noticed the very bright shining star that accompanies the moon? Yeah, that’s Venus! Apparently, Venus appeared in bright evening twilight in early January 2014. It’ll appear in bright morning twilight in the second half of January.
Looking this up online I found the January 2014 guide to the five visible planets. Check it out, its a good page that tells you what you can see in the sky depending on which region of the states you live in and what to look for for the rest of the month. Jupiter shines all night, all month. Jupiter is the planet to watch in January 2014. It replaces Venus as the brightest beacon in the evening sky in January 2014. But, while Venus was in the west at nightfall, Jupiter is in the east. No star outshines Jupiter or Venus.
So, I guess my point is to look up once in a while or you are bound to miss something really cool and beautiful. Plus, its safer than falling into a fountain.
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