With the equinox comes solar slowdowns on the roads. Scenes like this are common this time of year as the Sun rises almost directly east and sets almost directly west.
Today is the first full day of autumn; the equinox was last night. Below is a video clip showing what the Earth looks like from space on the equinox (from Russian meteorological satellite Elektro-L). Note that the terminator line (between dark and light) is vertical, aligning with Earth’s axis of rotation.
As a follow-up to my last post on Antares, Mars, and Saturn, I decided to see whether I could still find them in the early evening twilight last night (Tuesday, September 16). Sure enough, all three were easy to find in the southwest sky at about 7:40 pm CDT, even though the sky was not… Read More What’s That Star? Dschubba
September 12-15 The Summer of Saturn essentially ends this weekend. Saturn and Mars are getting lower and lower in the evening sky and will drop below the horizon before the end of September. If the skies are clear this weekend, take advantage of one last chance to see these two planets in the evening sky.… Read More Skywatching: There Are Three Lights
September 6 is International Observe the Moon Night. As the evening’s sponsors say, “International Observe the Moon Night is an annual event that is dedicated to encouraging people to ‘look up’ and take notice of our nearest neighbor, the Moon. From looking at the Moon with a naked eye to using the most sensitive telescope, every… Read More International Observe the Moon Night