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December 22, 2021 at 8:36 am

Hicks in Dispatch: ‘Still much to ponder in the night sky’

Dr. Kenneth Hicks, portrait

Dr. Kenneth Hicks

Dr. Kenneth Hicks wrote a special column for the Columbus Dispatch and USA Today Network headlined Astronomy: Just as in the Bible story of the three wise men, there is today still much to ponder in the night sky.

… Soon, Christmas will have come and gone. Children will have looked up in the sky and wondered whether they could see Santa’s sleigh. But the night sky appears much different to children in the city and those in the country.

If you’ve ever seen the night sky out in the country, away from bright city lights, it’s a scene that you won’t forget. In the city, you will see only a few of the brightest stars, due to the glare of the city lights. In the country, you can see thousands of stars on a pitch-black sky. It’s a sight to behold….

Hicks is professor of Physics & Astronomy in the College of Arts & Sciences at Ohio University. Read his column in the Dispatch.

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