Red Green Capella
Oh, what wonders I observed last night,
Were shining on high with no competition.
A star so beautiful and ever so bright,
Colorful and spinning with much revolution.
Pulsing red then green then blue then white,
in momentary flashes I have never before seen.
Reaching out with a telescope to behold a pure sight,
Even in that manner, it remained red and green.
Steadfast and radiant, and pinned to one place,
neither helicopter, nor plane, nor man made device.
Trumpeting news of this breathtaking discovery,
Might bring fervent tenacity to fortunate advice.
Behold what wonders I observed last night,
With awe and adoration as perceived just then,
A legend is formed by this hued starlight
That hopes never dashed will return once again.
Douglas A. Bauman, Sept. 2004
Governors of the Westmoreland Conservancy
decided to do a little star gazing after the regular
monthly meeting on Sept. 22. While viewing
the moon, stars of Cassiopeia, and other wonders
of the night sky, they noticed a star in the north
east sky shimmering green and red. At first all
thought this object to be a plane or helicopter, but
after viewing for a while through the telescope it
was realized that it never moved. Bizarre scenarios
danced through their heads, was it a UFO?
The next day, research on the internet proved that
it was the star Capella, a bright star at low altitude
which often puts on this display in late September.
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