2018

Mars At Its Closest Approach To Earth

Last night, Mars was at its closest approach to Earth with a distance of only 35.8 million miles (57.6 million kilometers), this year. In August 2003 the two planets were just slightly little closer with a distance of 34.6 million miles (55.6 million kilometers). The next time, when the Red Planet is closest to Planet Earth will be in the year 2035.

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Tonight, I’ve got a good view of Mars on my street. At 10:00 PM CDT it is clearly visible in the southeastern sky.  (08-01-2018)
2018

Luna & The Evening “Star”

While Kevin was sanding the doors for our kitchen cabinets, I came outside to look at his progress in the garage. Surprised, I saw Luna and Venus dancing close together in the western evening sky. Since the moon is still in it’s early waxing stages, Venus shines very bright tonight.

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Venus & the Waxing Crescent Moon in tonight’s sky (07-15-2018)
2018

Ramadan 2018

This morning, I’ve noticed I had quite a few clicks for two very particular photos from several Middle Eastern and North African countries. After I put some thought into it, it finally dawned on me. Yes, I’m a day late. I will re-post the two pictures of the waxing crescent Moon, which I captured last August. And I captured photos from tonight’s waxing crescent Moon and Venus.

I wish you a very peaceful and blessed Ramadan!

2018

The Pink Full Moon Before Beltane

This morning, I got up early to capture the Pink Full Moon. The April Full Moon called “pink”, because at this time of the year, the Prairies are covered in pink flowers. I see a lot of Evening Primroses blooming all over the fields, when I bring the girls to school in the morning.

This year the April Full Moon shines bright in the night sky in the morning before Beltane. Beltane/May Day is one of the yearly Sabbath on the Wheel of the Year. It focuses on fertility and rituals like May Pole dancing.

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Jupiter is the companion of April’s Pink Full Moon this year.
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The Pink Full Moon (04-30-2018)
2018

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.

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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/

2017

The Gas Giant And The Waning Gibbous Moon

After the rain, it was nice to see a clear sky at this morning again. I made it a habit over the years, to look up in the sky and see, if I can make out some constellations, the phases of the Moon, and where some of the planets are at that time of the day. At this morning, I saw the waning gibbous Moon really close by Jupiter and Spica, which is the brightest star in the constellation Virgo. I snapped a photo, before I had to bring Sara to school. Since I was too lazy to get the tripod ready, I did a handheld photo. The price I paid: I don’t have a good photo with Spica in it. Long exposure had fixed that problem. But it was a beautiful sight, and I wanted to share the photo of the Gas Giant and the Moon.

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Jupiter and the Waning Gibbous Moon (02-15-2017)