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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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/
This morning while I was waiting for the car to warm up, I looked up to see in which phase Luna is in the twilight sky. Jupiter and the waning crescent Moon were close together. I ran inside, got my camera and captured a photo, before I drove Sara to school.
Tonight, the waxing crescent Moon and Jupiter dance together in the western night sky.
Tonight Jupiter is at opposition, which means it is directly opposite the sun in orbit. It is also near its closest distance to Earth this year. Jupiter appears bigger and brighter, tonight. Here is a photo of Jupiter, it’s Galilean Moons and Spica, the brightest star in the constellation Virgo.
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.