There’s little that would make more sense (given the prevailing heat and humidity of Singapore) than spending this solstice weekend peering at our nearest star through a filtered telescope.
No wait! There’s at least five things which would make more sense. I wrote a whole guest post for Multicultural Kids Blogs on beating the heat Singapore style and, strangely, “stand outside looking closely at something incredibly hot” was not one of them.
Luckily, Singapore is more sensible than we are, and provided enough cloud cover to blot out the big, fiery ball we were seeking. Here we are failing to see it through a small, filtered telescope, despite the help of the lovely people at the Singapore Science Centre Observatory:
This is P serenading everyone with David Bowie’s Space Oddity as we wait to see if the giant telescope can do any better:
These guys looked like they knew what they were doing:
I’m so glad we dragged our friends all the way out there to celebrate with us. As they must also be.
Next summer solstice, we’ll definitely go with ice kachang, and I might even see if I can find an adult-sized pair of diamante-studded sunglasses. Or any of the other options I talked about in my more sensible post on how to tackle Singapore’s summer.