Today, we had a few storms blowing through North Texas. But it cleared up enough to see the Full Flower Moon, this evening. Tonight’s Full Moon is also referred as a “Blue Moon”. Usually there are three Full Moons in every season. This Spring, we experience four Full Moons. Therefore the third Full Moon is also called a “Blue Moon”. The fourth Full Moon will be on June 17, which is four days before the Summer Solstice.
Technically, we won’t have the April Full Moon before tomorrow at 6:12 a.m. CDT (11:12 a.m. UTC). But the Moon was shining bright until it got covered by clouds, and another storm came in tonight. There is a slim chance, I will get up in the early Friday morning hours. The girls have a four-day break from school. And Kevin took a day off as well. It is a good day to sleep in for another hour, than the usual time to start breakfast and get the kids ready for school. With over 99 percent full, the picture comes close enough. 😉
Before the severe thunderstorm comes through North Texas tonight, the sky cleared up, and I could photograph the waxing gibbous Moon in the early evening hours. In two days, the April Pink Moon will be full. Of course, the Moon won’t be pink. It got it’s name from the Spring pink blooms at this time of the year. Hopefully, this weekend the sky will be clear for a perfect shot of the “Easter Full Moon”.
This morning, the Moon and Jupiter “shined” bright in the sky. After I dropped off Sara at school, I took my camera and captured our natural Earth Satellite and the big Gas Giant in our frontyard.
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Both our girls have friends for a sleep over, tonight. Unfortunately, their friends are not aware, how sneaky our cats can be. Joshua and Chewbacca saw an opportunity, when one of the girls opened the patio door. As soon as Kevin and I got both cats back in, Joshua sneaked/snuck out the front door. Since he was out again, I let him check out the backyard for a bit. While I waited for Joshua doing his rounds, I observed the night sky, sitting on the patio for a while. The Big Dipper in the constellation Ursa Major can clearly be seen north from our backyard. Constellation “sits” above our house, while the Waxing Gibbous Moon shines bright in the night sky.
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On Sunday evening, while I was waiting for the Moon to get behind the Earth’s shadow, I took another shot of the constellation Orion. Waiting for the big event of a Lunar Eclipse can be very boring . Meanwhile I always try to make the time feel shorter by capturing photos of the night sky. Orion was the perfect object in the January Winter sky.