Reach For The Stars

Even in the middle of Nairobi, with its dirty orange glow at night, it’s still possible to see far more stars than can been see from home. But I can’t name many of the constellations as most of them are different from those back in the northern hemisphere – or else are upside down. Then again, I couldn’t name many of them at home either!

Orion is easy to spot, directly overhead instead of lurking just behind some houses or trees on the horizon, while Cassiopeia, the big W, is a big M here and there are too many other stars which could be it instead.

Even with a programme on my computer which shows an exact picture of the sky at a certain time and location, it’s still difficult to differentiate between the millions of visible stars.

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