Driving home, north on 74, the moon was over my shoulder. It was eerie through the light clouds, and just to the east, shining brightly, was Jupiter. Astronomical pictures from a smartphone often fail. More luck than skill that anything turned out at all.
The soles of my feet are numb. Tonight is a full moon. Not only that, it’s a lunar eclipse. I went outside to look, and part of the moon was missing. “But that’s true most of the time!” you say, and that’s true; most of the time the moon shows a phase, a waxing gibbous … Continue reading Full Moon
The Winter Solstice coincided (roughly, by about twelve hours) with the full moon this year. I thought, at work, that I’d miss the full(-ish) moon due to heavy rain storms that passed through all day, made work feel quite bleak every time I looked out the window, and made the drive home an adventure, but, … Continue reading Winter Solstice Moon
My alarm clock is set for 6:15. It’s a good time to get up. Sometimes for my bladder, 6:15 is simply too late. Twenty or thirty minutes before the alarm clock goes off, my bladder will be insistent that now is the time to get up. “Now!” it screams. “Now!” This was one of those … Continue reading Greeted by the Moon
Plinky asks today: "If you were offered a free trip to the moon, would you go?" And there's a part of me that wants to say, "Well… duh." And then there's the part of me that wants to say, "Now that I've gotten the snarky answer out of the way…" Who hasn't dreamt of going … Continue reading On Venturing Forth to the Moon
An image taken by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has just been released. It’s of the Apollo 17 landing site. The last place where man set foot on the moon. You can see the descent module sitting on the surface, and the American flag. Very nifty!
Expect to see a super-sized Moon this week. From NASA’s webpage on the subject: Step outside any evening at sunset and look around. You’ll see a giant moon rising in the east. It looks like Earth’s moon, round and cratered; the Man in the Moon is in his usual place. But something’s wrong. This full … Continue reading On the Summer Moon