Helios & Luna

YES! The rain has stopped and the Sun came out, this afternoon. Oh, these warming rays felt so good on my skin. I couldn’t get enough of this beautiful weather. Katelynn and Sara came out to play in the yard. Several times I had to tell them not getting too wet, due to the saturated ground and cool weather. But they were too busy rescuing worms from the stream and counting snails on the front porch.

This evening, Kevin and I sat with a beer in the garage. We watched the sunset, before we had dinner. It was beautiful, but it was not as fiery as I was hoping tonight. And it was nice to see the Moon, again. We haven’t seen Luna since it was in its New Moon phase.

Waxing Crescent Moon In January 2018


Waxing Crescent Moon on January 23, 2018

Mark your calendar for January 31, 2018. In eight more day, people will experience a triple treat in most parts of our planet. Next Wednesday, we will still have a perigee Moon (Supermoon), a Blue Moon (second Full Moon in a month) and a Lunar Eclipse. But until then, we can enjoy the waxing Moon on those clear evenings.

Luna & The Planets

Since last weekend, I keep an eye on the Moon, Mars and Jupiter. Last Sunday, the two planets almost “touched” each other, they were so close from our view on Earth. The view distance was less than half of the Moon diameter.  This morning, the Moon was in a perfect position to capture a photo of all three celestial objects.


Luna, the Red Planet, and the Gas Giant danced together in today’s morning sky.

I always shrink my pictures to a medium size. Therefore you really can’t see Mars in this photo. For a better photo view, you might like to check out my link on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/132943299@N07/38735737935/in/album-72157686994312444/

The Full Wolf Perigee Moon


The first Full Moon of 2018

Today we celebrate New Year and the first Full Moon of the year 2018. In January it is closest to Earth of this year. Luna will only be 221,559 miles (356,565 kilometers) from our planet at 8:24 pm CST (Central Standard Time in the US), tonight. On average, the moon is about 238,000 miles (382,900 km) from Earth. That’s why we call it a “Supermoon”. On January 31, 2018 we will have a Full Blue Moon, which will also be a “Supermoon”.

The December Waning Gibbous Perigee Moon

The Waning Gibbous Perigee Moon looks very beautiful in the background of our Christmas lit house. I captured some photos, before the Moon was too high in the sky.

UPDATE: Ha! About an hour after I took these photos, the clouds rolled in with thunder and lightning. What a lucky moment I went outside and saw the Moon, in time.