A “Still Life” Debate between a Botanist and an Astronomer
Botanist: What a lovely Still Life of a Big Bend Havard Agave.
Astronomer: What a magnificent Still Life of the Chisos Mountains Northern Night Sky.
Botanist: Well, the Still Life subject is obviously the plant. The photographer centered on it and then meticulously hand painted it with a flashlight.
Astronomer: I beg to differ, the subject is clearly the night sky. The photographer lined up on the North Star and then patiently exposed 150 photos over the course of an hour.
Botanist: But the agave is STILL and the stars are MOVING!
Astronomer: The stars aren’t moving, it is the spaceship Earth that is spinning. So I STILL say the night sky is the Still Life.
Botanist: Maybe I’ll give you that, yet the plant represents LIFE!
Astronomer: Look at the thousands of stars in the sky, there is bound to some sort of LIFE out there.
Botanist: Hmm… we both may have a point. You know what else an Agave is good for? Tequila. Shall we go find some?
Astronomer: Most definitely. Perhaps a nice Añejo?
How do you know which way is which at night? The stars will guide us!
If you face the general direction of where the Sun sets and then stick your right arm out to the right, you are pointing in the general direction of North.
Next look for the Big Dipper, it is the big pot with a handle in the sky, note it could be sideways or upside down depending on the time of night and time of year.
Then follow the outer edge of the bowl out about 2.5 hook ‘ems and you will see Polaris, our North Star.
It is not the brightest star but is the one most central to our polar axis and all of the stars seem to rotate around it as the Earth spins!