I think I could look at clear sky charts all day. Equal parts Atari and abstract art, there's something marvelous about turning the clouds (or the absence of clouds) into colour.
I also think it's pretty fantastic that at any given moment I can check the astronomical observing conditions for Walloper Lake or Quispamsis or even at the Twillingate Observatory on Twillingate Island, Newfoundland--which, in my mind, is occupied by someone who spends her evenings drinking tea that's strong enough to walk across, all the while cataloguing celestial sights that are only visible from where she's standing.
Twillingate Island. Who doesn't love typing that?
So here's where I thank Attilla Danko, the clear sky chart's inventor, for letting me use one of his images.
Its colourful squares are quite literally the stuff of poetry: