I was very fortunate to grow up in Bulawayo, in the British Colony of Southern Rhodesia.
At about age 12 I bought a book containing monthly star maps of the night sky as seen from the southern hemisphere.
I still have the book.
On crisp moonless nights I used to put a canvas covered chair in the garden and sit there with my star book reading it with a torch.
The mass of stars was astonishing.
The number of stars seemed to grow as I sat there!
I was smitten.
The Southern Cross, the Pleiades and Orion all became lifelong friends.
These memories will be with me forever.