AUTHOR: linda TITLE: Sidewalk Astronomers DATE: 8:48:00 AM ----- BODY:
Last night, at the corner of 9th Ave and Irving Street, a sidewalk astronomer named John Dobson asked if we wanted to see the moon. The sky was still light at 7:49 pm, and the quarter moon straight ahead shone bright white. He gestured toward a humble cardboard contraption that looked like a homemade science project. Leaning into the tunnel, I could see the faraway half orb filling the entire peep hole with fantastic light and detail. Then the sharp spoken, white-haired man in a parka shoved this flyer to me, and quickly returned to his station by the cardboard tunnel among the pedestrians.