From NASA/JPL, a beautiful photo of the Earth and Moon from 6 million miles away: Jupiter-Bound Space Probe Captures Earth And Moon – NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
I woke up early today to see the sunrise (and take some photos), and when I stepped outside, there was a beautiful crescent moon in the east. The new moon is on Sunday the 28th; that is when the moon passes between the Earth and the sun. Try and find the moon over the next… Read More Crescent Moon (Aug. 26-31)
Observed on Thursday, August 18, approximately 11:00 CDT This is the third and final post about my first night of urban skywatching (here are parts one and two). Aside from the M of Cassiopeia and the three stars of the Little Dipper, there was nothing in that particular section of the northern sky that was… Read More Night One (Pt. 3): Into Uncharted Territory
Observations from Thursday, August 18, approximately 11:00 pm CDT To the right of the North Star was another familiar sight, a tight group of stars in a zig-zag pattern that has always been described to me as the letter M (or the letter W). Currently, the M is on its side, as you can see… Read More Night One (Pt. 2): The Sixth Star
I got home after a dinner party last night (Friday, August 19) and out the back porch (which faces east), there was a lovely pairing of the waning Moon and bright Jupiter below it. Keep an eye out for them this weekend (if the skies are clear). The Moon rises around midnight (later each day),… Read More Moon and Jupiter (Aug 19-21)
Thursday, August 18, approximately 11:00 pm CDT I suppose I should be thankful that my neighborhood streets and sidewalks are so well lit at night. After all, it’s a very safe residential part of the city, not too dense, and even after 10:30 pm on a weeknight, there are people strolling, walking dogs, and even… Read More Night One (Pt. 1): Home is Where the Dark Is