Sarah got me a telescope for my birthday. For a guy who likes watching the skies, it's a great gift. For me and for the girls. Last night I showed them the craters of the moon. Maybe tonight I'll show them the moons of Jupiter; and maybe, when things shift around a bit, the rings of Saturn.
1 Certainly the telescope is great for seeing cool things, but it's also a great reminder that the sky isn't just one monolithic sphere spinning around us; it's a complex dance of many dynamic elements — some of which you can only see when the pieces choose to align themselves in a cooperative manner.2
2 All of this is also a great excuse to use the absolutely wonderful Star Walk app++. Have you checked that out? You should.