While my father was driving us back from Melaka to Kluang on Sunday night, I noticed that the stars were very visible in the night sky away from the towns in Malaysia as we passed through the countryside down the North-South highway.

Using my backlit Palm Vx with the shareware version of Planetarium, I managed to figure out that the two brilliant dots of light on the left were the planets Jupiter and Saturn. The star Aldebaran (part of the constellation of Taurus) was close by.

To the right of these bright gems in the night sky, was the famous constellation of Orion (the Hunter). I remembered the names of the major stars in it from my astronomy exercise the preceding Sunday in Watson's bay in Sydney. There was Rigel, Saiph, Betelgeuse, Bellatrix and, forming Orion's belt, Mintaka, Alnilam and Alnitak.

Astronomy is fun. Great to amaze your family/friends or impress your significant others by pointing out stars and constellations to them. :-)