Welcome to Observations by me, Lisa Harvey.
I’ve never been a typical girl.
A microscope, and a chemistry set, and a well read set of encyclopedias were my toys, as well as a sewing machine. I climbed trees, rode bikes and walked along railway tracks.
Back then girls didn’t usually become scientists, or pilots, or pretty much anything I was interested in. I went into technology before there was email, or the WWW and when we used to write letters to each other. And when it was mostly just for men.
I programmed, I taught, I consulted, I managed data centres and worked with room-size mainframes. I made a business, to consulted some more, and built websites and created jobs. I worked with the highest levels of government and created things that helped people change the world.
I studied Geography, but astronomy was always my passion.
So now I write about astronomy. Amateur astronomy, not the professional kind.
I do that here, and in the Everyday Astronomers Community.
You’ll find me on Twitter @astroeveryday
I’m also creating beginner astronomy courses, starting with Getting Started with Astronomy.
Observations is about how to observe, what to observe, and some of my thoughts about the sky, space exploration, and life on Earth.
I took that photo in a very remote place on the Nullabor Plain in Western Australia. There are few words to describe the sky I saw there. A sky like this you remember as a feeling, as being breathless as you look up, as your vision drifting out to barely believable depths above.
In Observations you’ll find some geography, maybe some trains, definitely planes, geography, science fiction, and possibly something controversial or crafty. There will always something about the night sky.
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