I love the song Southern Cross by Crosby, Stills and Nash. It makes me want to get on a boat and sail the South Pacific. The places in the song -Marquesas, Papeete, Avalon – always seemed so distant but, now that we’re living in Guam, there’s much more opportunity to travel to, and maybe even sail around, some of these exotic locales.
Last Friday, I finally got a chance to see the most famous southern constellation thanks to Pam Eastlick of the UOG (University of Guam) planetarium. Every Friday, she writes a column for the Pacific Daily News about the stars over Guam. She makes finding constellations/stars/planets really easy with step-by-step instructions. The Southern Cross will disappear from the early evening sky sometime this month until next spring, so with a glass of wine in one hand and a flashlight in the other, I read the instructions while FM did the search of the skies.
After oohing and aahing over the Southern Cross, we located Regulus, the brighest star in Leo the Lion and the 21st brightest star in the sky. Then, it was on to viewing Mars, Mercury and Jupiter. Left of the Cross was Alpha and Beta Centauri. Unfortunately, I couldn’t see Saturn. Hmm..a telescope sure would be nice to have.