Astronomy East Texas

Looking Through The Trees

I thought of this title…Looking Through the Trees…from the perspective of living in East Texas, which is a heavily wooded area with lots of tall pine trees, among other species of full sized trees that tower over the horizon of these gentle rolling hills.

As I was outside tonight I glimpsed the winter constellation Orion, poised over a nearby tree, ringed by the bright planet Jupiter which hung in the clear night sky, just arc seconds away from the full moon.

This is a great area for sky watching, with clear dark skies most of the year. Sometimes the tall trees can obscure stars and constellations from view, but I’ve learned from careful observations that most of the time you can see all these celestial objects right through the branches of a tree, if you position yourself where you can clearly see these pinpoints of light shining through.

Amateur astronomy can be a fun hobby by backyard observing, especially if you consult a regular source of upcoming celestial events such as meteor showers, comets, and the occasional eclipse.

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Not being familiar with the term PHlocking, I had to look it up. My Google research revealed that it’s related to Jimmy Buffett fans, whereby the Parrot Heads (PH) will phlock together at concerts and special fan club events related to their culture. provides this description…
Parrot Heads will frequently add a “ph” to the beginning of words. This is an abbreviation of Parrot Head, which shortens references such as Parrot Head friends, Parrot Head flocking and Parrot Head festivities to phriends, phlocking, and phestivities.

Interesting to note that the phlocking term is being used for some Facebook events, which is where I first saw it.