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Night Vision

Back when I had more free time, for a while my hobby was astronomy (I was a member of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada for a few years) - which is not, and has nothing to do with, pagan astrology. I spent many nights outside, including more than a few "all-nighters," studying, and in awe of, the heavens. My favorite times were spring and autumn. In summer it's warm, but the darkness hours are short (here in June, twilight doesn't end until about 11 pm), and in winter, although the nights are long, keeping warm outside in the middle of the night can be a problem even here in southern Ontario. Although I live in Canada, the latitude here is about the same as northern California or southern Oregon, which seems like a paradox, since "everybody knows that Canada is north of the US," but millions of southern-Ontario Canadians actually live much farther south than millions of Americans living in the northern states. The temperature difference is primarily due to that we don't have the Pacific Ocean to moderate our climate as do the US west coast states and the Canadian province of British Columbia.

Stars Even with the unaided eye, many thousands of stars, four or five of the planets, and at least one distant galaxy (M31, the Andromeda Galaxy) are all visible, as is the central band of our own "Milky Way" galaxy (it's actually God's of course) that arches from horizon to horizon as the nights and seasons progress. The most modest of instruments, if only just a pair of 7x50 binoculars, opens up an incredible window to the universe, and a telescope, from a little 3 inch refractor (a telescope that has a convex lens that produces an image that is viewed through the eyepiece) to a 6 or 8 inch reflector (a telescope with a concave mirror that produces an image that is magnified by the eyepiece) or a "light bucket" reflector with a mirror of 16 inches diameter or greater (professional observatories of course have telescopes immensely larger) opens up far more to see.

Millions of stars, star clusters, galaxies, and gaseous and planetary nebula can be seen, and the moon seems much more of a real place through a telescope, or even just binoculars - one can actually watch the sunrise or sunset line crossing the mountains and craters of the moon as the phases change (the best time to view the moon is not at full moon when the direct "high noon" lighting washes out much of the surface detail). The Internet has now also made astronomy even more accessable, although no computer screen can ever match seeing the sights of heaven live, with just your own two eyes, if you have some very dark place where you can do so safely.

Night Vision

Astronomers know that there is really no such thing as total darkness. It may seem dark when one first goes out from a lighted room, but after 15 or 20 minutes "dark adaption," in which the pupils of the eyes open to their maximum, allows one to see quite well. It's the same natural process by which people often run into things when first entering a darkened movie theater before the movie starts, but after a few minutes they can see well enough to not be running into things or each other.

Holy Bible People who honestly study and appreciate the Bible also know that there is no such thing as total spiritual darkness because the Word of God serves as "dark adaption" in a world that is still pretty much in the dark when it comes to understanding the Gospel. God's people may also still bump into things and each other, but they (at least should) do so far less than those whose eyes are closed even when they're open.

"For Thou wilt light my candle: The Lord my God will enlighten my darkness." (Psalm 18:28 KJV)

"Praise ye The Lord. Blessed is the man that feareth The Lord, that delighteth greatly in His commandments ... Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness." (Psalm 112:1,4 KJV)

"Yea, the darkness hideth not from Thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to Thee." (Psalm 139:12 KJV)

"then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noon day." (Isaiah 58:10 KJV)

"To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in Me." (Acts 26:18 KJV)

"The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light." (Romans 13:12 KJV)

"For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ." (2 Corinthians 4:6 KJV)

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