Most enjoyable and scholarly. I think you ought to write a star-gazing story.
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
Wow... that was well researched... its an essay but told in readable form for those of us that love the relation between Arda and our own world
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
The astronomy of Middle-earth is a very good site.
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