IN SPITE of the ever-increasing light pollution around Montrose, it is still possible to see the stars.
For those fortunate enough to have a telescope, there is a real treat at the moment - Jupiter must be very close, (in astronomical terms), and is visible to the north. Last week I was lucky enough to see this very bright planet, looking huge through the ‘scope, with five moons all in a straight line. Imagine standing on Jupiter and seeing multiple moons circling!
Looking at the stars helps to put our lives into a different perspective - they make us feel very small, and our day-to-day problems seem less important.
In the Bible, after star-gazing, the psalmist asked: “What is man, that thou are mindful of him?”, and answered that man, (and woman!), are a little lower than the angels.
Yet, on a smaller scale, Jesus told us that God is mindful of every sparrow that falls - and my telescope is used to watch the tiniest creatures as well as the largest. Indeed , the sparrows in my garden still seem to have youngsters to feed and care for - late arrivals after a chilly summer!
So, when the Christmas rush gets you down, look at the sky and the natural world, and be reminded of the important things in life.