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Montreal at night, without Comet McNaught

Well, I gave it a try.

The wonders of the universe awaited me! How can I turn that down, even if the wind chill was -24 degrees? Half an hour past sunset I put on my winter gear and headed up the mountain, camera in hand. But as I wandered my way up the winding road to the summit (unable to find the direct route of the staircase, hiding in the snow as it was) the cold made its way into my socks and gloves. Good enough though they may be to get me to and from campus on paved sidewalks, they weren’t quite up to the windy mountain snow covered paths.

Before long I had to admit to myself that it was getting darker much faster than I was climbing the hill. I knew Comet McNaught, if it had been visible at all, was quickly setting beyond the hill. I should have brought my compass, but it would have been fairly useless anyway. “Montreal West”, I guessed, was probably too close to being south, meaning the sun had gone down on the other side of the buildings on Redpath Cresent, which I stilll hadn’t overcome, and maybe even on the other side of the mountain entirely. My comet, which had gone down with it, was not going to show herself to me tonight.

At least the view was nice. The more astute of you might notice that this photo was taken facing east, entirely in the wrong direction for chasing a setting sun, but I wasn’t about to go home empty handed.

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2 Responses to “Not McNaught”

  1. Anita says:

    I saw it! I saw it! *bounces up and down* By accident actually. And the first thing I thought was “Who needs God?”. I can’t put into words how it made me feel. There is a whole universe out there and we are just one tiny insignificant part of it. Why explain it all away with God when what we know about the universe from science is amazing enough? I’m sure there are lots of people out there who would argue the exact opposite – they would say that the universe is God’s creation, like, duh, and why bother searching for rational explanations when you know God is behind it all anyway. Those people take all the fun out of it. We search for a higher purpose in life, we’re not content to merely be. We need a reason for being in order to validate our existence, and we have the power to create elaborate explanations to this end (like God!). But when faced with the wonders of the universe and the explanations provided by science, isn’t it enough to accept that there is no grand scheme and that life is an incredible accident? Doesn’t the accidental nature of life make it more precious? So all that and more went through my head as I watched the comet leave its trail across the night sky.

  2. GP says:

    Dangit! I didn’t even think it was supposed to be visible in the southern hemisphere. No fair. You think you’re so cool with your warm weather and funny accents :p

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