South Windsor Smiles - August 2019

The Art of Stargazing HELPING HUMANS SLOW DOWN AND LOOK UP

happy 2. EXTRA SET OF EYES While novice stargazers often want to immediately throw their money at a new telescope, astronomy experts recommend starting with binoculars instead.You’ll need to identify several anchor planets or constellations to help you navigate the sky before using a telescope. Modern humans are stuck in a routine of expected and constant industriousness. But with all this rushing, people often drag themselves home at night with no energy left to enjoy the most splendid show nature has to offer: the wondrous night sky. Most people go through life looking straight ahead, but if they would stop and peer skyward, they’d bear witness to a massive, unexplored frontier made up of the moon in all its phases, burning stars sailing through the sky, constellations with epic origin stories, and meteor showers bright enough to warrant sunglasses. If you’re looking for a hobby to help you slow down and appreciate the world around you, stargazing is a great option. Here are some tips to get you started. 1. THE HIGHER,THE BETTER If you’re a city dweller, meander a little way out of town or try to find a tall building to keep the light pollution to a minimum.

3. UTILIZE ASSETS Put your phone to good use by downloading apps like Stellarium, Starwalk, and Google Sky Map. Each of these apps offers a unique benefit for aspiring stargazers. For example, Starwalk lets you point your phone at the sky to see stars, constellations, and planets in real time based on your location. 4. MARKYOUR CALENDAR In 1972, beloved singer- songwriter John Denver wrote about a meteor shower he witnessed during a camping trip in Colorado. He describes the scene by singing, “I’ve seen it raining fire in the sky.”The “fire” he recounted was actually the Perseids meteor shower, the most recognized shower on Earth.This astrological wonder takes place every year from July 17 to Aug. 24. During this time, viewers should be able to see shooting stars associated with the

Perseids, but the shower reaches its maximum rate of activity on Aug. 12–13 this year. Grab some friends and family, and head outdoors to put your newfound stargazing knowledge to work. Patients Patien greeted me with a nice smile and took me to the room. She is always cheerful, professional, and helpful and listens to any dental concerns I may have. I always look forward to seeing her again. I have no complaints with any of the staff and have complete confidence in all. I would definitely recommend SouthWindsor Smiles to anyone looking for dental work.” –Dave B.

“My biannual dental cleaning went smoothly despite my dread of it. Wendy, my hygienist, remembers me and asks what’s new. I finally started using aWaterpik at her suggestion. My cleaning was so professionally done; I couldn’t ask for better. Dr. Norige is so friendly and picked right up on the conversation topic as he checked my teeth. I left feeling motivated to take great care of my teeth.” –Theresa J. “Wonderful staff!! Kind and friendly.They were very gentle. I definitely will recommend them to others.” –CelenaW. “My experiences with Dr. Norige and his staff are always positive ones.When I walk through the door, I’m always greeted with an office of smiles eager to take care of me.This visit was so on time I didn’t even get a chance to sit down in the waiting room before my dental hygienist

he reviewed the work performed by his staff. I would highly recommend this dental practice to anyone in need of dental work.” –Harry S. “This is an aptly named practice.The staff and dentist are the nicest people I have encountered anywhere. Always upbeat, they provide highly professional care that goes beyond your teeth. For example, they check your blood pressure, your mouth and neck for lumps, and your ability to swallow — things that are not always done, even by your doctor. Since switching to this dentist over two years ago, I find I leave the office with cleaner teeth, which seem to remain clean longer than before. So glad my husband and I found Dr. Norige and his staff. It has made a trip to the dentist a much more pleasant experience, and we have better cared for teeth, as well! Can’t beat that combination. Highly recommend!” –Cynthia S. www . southwindsorsmiles . com

“This was my first visit to SouthWindsor Smiles, and I have to say, I was impressed. Starting with my phone call to set up the appointment and continuing through my departure from the office, the staff was pleasant, compassionate, and professional.The hygienist who spent most of the appointment with me was truly outstanding, explaining what she was doing every step of the way and taking great care to perform her tasks with no discomfort whatsoever. Dr Norige was exceptionally personable and compassionate as

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