Star Trekkin’

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 Leonard Nimoy as Captain Spock in Star Trek, 1966.  (Photo by CBS)

Leonard Nimoy as Captain Spock in Star Trek, 1966. (Photo by CBS)

The TV series ‘Star Trek’ premiered 53 years ago. The original series only lasted three seasons on prime time, but really hit its stride in syndication, where its popularity exploded. It also fueled fantasies for many other TV programs and films, and maybe even real life space exploration. The last day for filming was 1/8/69, six months before Apollo 11 left for the moon.

September means a shorter number of minutes of sunlight; Sunrise now at 6:34am and sunset at 7:23pm.
Taking advantage of the growing opportunities for night sky viewing; A waxing crescent moon sneaks up on Saturn tonight and zips past during the day tomorrow.
Saturn is just above the top star of the teapot shape of Sagittarius and Jupiter is not far above the red giant star Antares of Scorpius.
The two planets straddle the southern Milky Way galaxy, a fine target for binocular observing.

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