Pen & ink, 15” x 15”, 2003My favorite view of our moon in the telescope. The moon is about nine days old. Near the center is the crater Copernicus. The dominant feature in the drawing is the crescent shape of the Sinus Iridum, to the left. The crater Tycho is lost among other features on the right, but it’s easy to find by tracing the white streaks emanating from it. One of them spans the entire visible surface; that was one hell of an impact. Originally I had it tilted 90 degrees, so Sinus Iridum was on top, as it was in the telescope. But one day I walked by it and accidentally kicked it, flipping it 90 degrees, and I really liked it that way. Then within the hour, the Sci-fi channel began to show an old “Outer Limits” episode, and the narrator intoned how “we can change the focus to a blur, or sharpen it to crystal clarity”. It was exactly the new view, and the exact same nine day old phase, so I new the Universe agreed with my decision. I just love synchronicity.