Today, 3/14, is Pi Day! I figured what better way to celebrate than to geek out on here about space.
Growing up I was not one to be captivated by what was beyond this beautiful planet. It simply didn’t interest me. Sure, I watched every single episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, but to me that show really had little to do with space and everything to do with relationships.
Things started to change for me after I saw my first shooting star – in my 30s! After that space was interesting enough to me to no longer avoid space-related activities.
The event that triggered my transformation to space lover was a camping trip with a group of friends. There was a program put on by the amateur astronomy association that taught us about the constellations and planets that were visible that night, and then we got to look at them through the members’ telescopes. The only thing I really wanted to see was Saturn.
Mike Durkin’s picture on Flickr is exactly what I expected to see.
What I actually saw was captured by binnysharma on Flickr.
It looked like a graphic from Space Invaders! That is exactly what I tweeted afterwards and suddenly @LunarAnticsProf – a really cool comic and blog with the best “about me” page I have ever read – was following me! I was officially hooked on space.
Yes, I have truly embraced that aspect of my geekiness.
What has been your favorite space-related experience? or Am I right in thinking that what I saw through the telescope looked fake? (I was sure I was on Candid Camera!) or Are you following me on Twitter at @TammyLuck?