An out-of-this-world experience last Friday night at The Observatory (facebook) at The Singapore Science Centre (15 Science Centre Road). We took advantage of The Observatory’s Friday Night Stargazing session (free, 7.45pm – 10.00pm) to clump up the metal staircase and peer into the eyepiece. Without warning, Saturn came and poked me in the eye. (Ok, obviously, it wasn’t present day Saturn but Saturn sometime in the distant past, cos those lightrays took, like, forever to get to Earth.)
“Is this for real?!” exclaimed I to the wearily patient man attempting to educate the public on galaxies while moonlighting (haha) as a bouncer for the Pentax. Saturn and her rings, an off-white, were clear and sharp like a cardboard cut-out hung neatly on a piece of black cloth. Somewhat like this (copyright Kanal von Nachtwolke):
Despite the clouds, managed get a second very good glimpse of the ringed planet again, and possibly one of its moons (or a dust speck on the telescope lens).
Saturn is the star planet (bad confusing pun) for July in Singapore but we should have cosy-ed up to one of the private telescopes dotting the area for a smooze with the stars (of the celestial variety, naturally).
Went home with a serious case of wanderlust (likely to be unfulfilled unless Richard Branson gets his act together and pushes his current plans for space tourism even further – yay, wormhole travel?), 14-year old me demanding to know why we hadn’t gone into astrophysics like we intended, and in complete awe that we should have a relationship with the God who created the entire universe.
Gospel in the Psalms (Sarah Oh Hwee Yen)
When I consider Your heavens
the word of Your fingers
the moon and the stars which You set in place
I ask why should God so great
be mindful of man
You call to our hearts
and show us Your ways.
We were creatures who rebelled against the lordship of their Maker
We were enemies of God destined for wrath
But You made known to us
The way to peace, the path of life
By Your gift of faith in Jesus Christ.
Clothed in humble humanity
He was God’s Anointed One
The promised Christ, the suffering Messiah
But true to prophesy, we despised and rejected Him
See, the people plot; the nations conspire.
May Your word renew my mind
Your Holy Spirit guide my life
Transform me, Lord, day by day
Grant me strength so i can serve
The chosen, holy saints in Christ
Let Your law of love be kept in my faith.