Daytime rains yielded to blue skies that faded into a golden sunset with a grinning crescent Moon watching over the scene. Perhaps it is a good omen of happy times to come.
The day began with a vision of a golden moon rising and reflected in a nearby pond, with a parade of planets, Saturn, Mars, Venus, and Jupiter, in the predawn sky. Even shy Neptune reluctantly appeared through the telescope. The day ended with a quiet cruise on Lake Henderson in the soft light of theContinue reading “Day’s End at the Cove”
This morning on our walk we saw the above spectacle, a rare alignment of the planets along with the Moon. Next month, Mercury will join the parade as well. Additionally, Neptune, not visible to the eye, lies between Venus and Jupiter. By the weekend Jupiter and Venus will be very close together, and the alignmentContinue reading “Planetary Parade”
Wishing you the best of peace, love, and hope this Easter.
The 93-mile diameter crater, Copernicus, caught my eye the moment I looked at the Moon through my telescope two nights ago, and I just had to take this photo. The ragged rubble and distant pockmarks so clearly displayed in the lunar sunrise speak of the extreme violence with which a hypervelocity object struck the MoonContinue reading “Copernicus”
This morning Venus (bright planet left central image) is joined by Saturn and Mars, the tiny pair to the upper right of the image. Saturn and Mars are so close together that they could both be covered by the disk of the Moon if it were in the right position. The trio of planets willContinue reading “Solar Siblings”
Easter will be later this year than usual, and the photo holds a clue as to why. This setting full moon occurred two and a half days ago. Today is the equinox and also happens to be Sunday. If the full moon had waited three days to occur tomorrow, Easter would have been on MarchContinue reading “A Sign of a Late Easter”
A wrong turn while walking the decks led to a view of a mischievous, grinning Moon. Hope it’s an omen of many fun adventures to come.
At a recent wine tasting my ears perked up at the sound of the Italian “Piccolomini” wine since I am well familiar with a crater on the Moon of the same name. In the lower cental photo, the crater is next to the bottle of wine. Piccolomini crater is 53 miles in diameter and hasContinue reading “Two Heavenly Piccolominis”
Friends brought their children over last night for a lunar nerdfest and were rewarded with these views of the Moon. The upper image shows a curved mountain range crossing the middle portion. The crater Eratosthenes grazes the range at the middle of the image and to its lower left the magnificent crater Copernicus dominates theContinue reading “Moon, Up Close and Personal”