Author's Response: Precisely! And its cooool. :)I mean, it makes pretending to be an Elf that much easier.
Author's Response: Thanks! (Kitt the "scholar". Teehee. Almost scary thought. :)) I usually do try to include astronomy-related material in my stories - The climax of "Scaldo and Dwarf" and the main premise behind "Scatterlings".... I started several that are truly centered on star-gazing, but like so many other stories, they are currently in limbo. *shrugs* - Kitt
Author's Response: It was – gasp – readable? Yay! The research was interesting; ever since I’ve been much more intimate with my HoME and Silm. Thanks!
I like it. I too am an at-home astronomer. I hope to become proffesional someday though. I find that you essay mades a lot of sense. I recently did a project involved with sky glow limiting magnitude, and other light pollution. I wish I had known this when I gave my speech today however it would probably be considered "off-topic". Thanks for the wonderful essay anyhow. Happy star-gazing!
-Lady of the Lake
Author's Response: Cool! I'm studying to be a professional astronomer myself. It's silly, but the fact that Tolkien's Elves "like the stars" is what made me interested in astronomy in the first place. What are your favorite sights? I've an 8-inch scope and I love to track down galaxies and nebulae; I've also a solar filter and I occasionally drag it out to look at the sun. Did you see the exploding comet from last winter - Holmes I think. That comet made me hyperventilate in excitement. (Bother, I'm rambling). Whew, I’m relieved the essay made some sense. I hope your speech went well. Glad to meet another star-gazer! -Kitt ; )
I have a planesphere which you move for every day of the year and that is very useful.
Author's Response: Yeah, the Astonomy of Middle-earth is amazing. Talk about a lot of research. Lucky, I always wanted a planesphere. I do have some software, Starrynight, that I can set for any location on earth at any time. It's pretty cool - you can see the sky as it would be like from Jupiter or a distant star. Thanks for your comments! -Kitt