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One day to Bolivia
I am ready, prepared for the Bolivian winter. We will be at 12,000 feet in the Andes Mountains. This may be my last time outside the U.S. I never know for sure, but this trip may satisfy my hunger for exotic experiences in astronomy. The next big thing will be the solar eclipse in 2017, and it will be visible from Kentucky and Tennessee. I am taking a few books and some literature from the web. I am taking paper because I will write. I will be gone 8 days, which can be a lot of time to fill up. There are a number of interesting things in the southern sky. The Magellanic Clouds are satellite galaxies of the Milky Way. The Coal Sack is a dark nebula (gas and dust) once believed to be a hole in the Milky Way. There is Sigma Octantis, the southern pole star in the constellation Octans. It is seldom mentioned because it is very dim at 5.4 magnitude. Stars of the Southern Hemisphere circle it as stars of the Northern Hemisphere circle Polaris. There are 1st magnitude stars Canopus and Achernar and Crux, the Southern Cross, the symbol of the southern hemisphere. The Milky Way is spectacular from Lake Titicaca. There are day trips, and I will participate. It is one day at a time, one night at a time. There will be 8 of us, and I will stay with the group. It is Nashville to Miami to Lima to La Paz. Coming back, it is La Paz to Lima to Miami to Nashville. 4 airports in 4 cities. I fly 6 times. Know times and flight numbers. The right gates. Show passport.