Tonight was Family Astronomy Night at K's school. The local astronomy society every year brings a bunch of telescopes of varying sizes to the back lot at the school and the kids (and parents) get to view the night sky through the scopes. Tonight we got to see the Orion Nebula, Mars and a few other constellations through the telescopes. Our weather, for this event, was atrocious. It is extremely windy out, with gusts up to 60 miles per hour. I have so much sand in my eyes. It was cool to see the stars up closer than you can with the naked eye.
I would love to have a giant telescope in the desert, away from the city lights. Imagine what one could see out there.