Amy and I went to a theater performance a few evenings ago. Following the performance, we left the building and headed for the car, which was parked on the street outside of the event space.
Amy is pretty used to my sidewalk astronomy antics, but I’m the astronomer of the family – which is why I was shocked when it was Amy who noticed a guy with something on a tripod standing on the sidewalk up ahead.
Amy wasn’t sure whether it was a photographer or an astronomer, but I saw that he was looking right at Venus, so I guessed astronomer. We both hopped a fence and walked over, and I quickly had my eyesight schooled as this ~70 year old man picked Venus out of the bright evening sky before I spotted it.
A few minutes of conversation revealed that he was a retired rabbi who was not only into astronomy, but had built his own telescope mount. As we drove off later in the evening, we saw the rabbi astronomer showing a woman our sulfuric-acid-cloud-covered neighbor.
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