2019

Spring Constellations In The Northern Hemisphere

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.

For a better resolution of the star constellations: https://www.flickr.com/photos/132943299@N07/32449287327/in/album-72157678416071305/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/132943299@N07/40425526113/in/album-72157678416071305/

2019

The Waning Crescent Moon In The Twilight

This morning, I’ve got up early to witness the sunrise. While I enjoyed my first cup of coffee on the porch, I captured some photos of the Waning Crescent Moon and the clouds at today’s dawn. What a nice way to start a beautiful day. Ha, it rhymes! 😀

2019

Orion, The Hunter (2)

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.

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Constellation Orion

http://www.flickr.com/photos/132943299@N07/31914476687/in/album-72157678416071305/

2019

The Lunar Eclipse of January 2019

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Tonight’s Super Blood Moon/Total Lunar Eclipse (01-20-2019)

Brrr! It was chilly this evening. But we have a fantastic sight of the Full Wolf Super Blood Moon, tonight. In the following link I described, why we experience a Super Blood Moon:

https://underthepecantreephotography.com/2019/01/19/the-waxing-gibbous-moon-before-tomorrows-super-blood-moon/

2019

The Waxing Gibbous Moon Before Tomorrow’s Super Blood Moon

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Tonight’s Waxing Gibbous Moon (01-19-2019)

I’ve captured one last shot of the Waxing Gibbous Moon, before Luna’s big night tomorrow. We will have a Super Blood Moon/Total Lunar Eclipse.

The Moon will be in its perigee stage and as close as 221,681 miles (356,761 Kilometers) to Earth. This will be the closest approach for the year 2019. The furthest Full Moon will occur in June, this year. In it’s apogee stage it will be 252,622 miles (406,555 Kilometers) away from Earth. Being perigee and apogee, the distance of these two Moon stages is approximately 30,000 miles (50,000 Kilometers).

When we experience a Total Lunar Eclipse, the Earth covers the Moon 100 percent from the Sun. While the light supply from the Sun is cut due to the Earth’s shadow, the Moon doesn’t go completely dark. Instead, the surface of the Moon takes a reddish glow. Therefore, we call it a Blood Moon.

Let’s hope for a clear sky tomorrow night. The Lunar Eclipse can be seen from Eastern Russia at sunset, the North and South America at night and early morning hours. It also can be seen in Western Africa and in Europe before sunrise.

2019

Orion, The Hunter (1)

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Orion, the Hunter, in the Winter sky

Orion shines bright in the January sky. It is so bright, that it is one of the few constellations, I can see in the Dallas suburb. What I’ve noticed, that this constellation is directly above our house on New Years night at 12 a.m. Since Orion is on the celestial equator, it’s belt can be seen on Earth from pole to pole at this time of the year. The belt, Betelgeuse and Rigel (the brightest star in Orion) can be seen very easily in the southern sky.