Here is a new way to see the universe telescopally without light polution and trees in the way and frustration! Microsoft and NASA have teamed up to allow web surfers to see the heavens virtually at http://www.worldwidetelescope.org/Home.aspx without the bother of going outside.
I was able to preview the the Worldwide Telescope Web Client – and it is cool. You can take tours of the Apollo missions and check out the moon landing locations, and the stuff that was left behind. There is also a tour that shows you the lights at night on Earth. A bright light usually represents a city, and the tour zooms you around the earth. One cool thing is to see the Nile lit up- apparently most of the cities in Egypt are right along the Nile River. There are many tours of galaxies, planets, and constellations. They did a very good job- similar to google earth.
1 The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Psalm 19:1 (NIV)