Backyard Fire, Smoke Monkeys & The Waxing Crescent Moon

Since it is Labor Day weekend, Katelynn and Sara wanted to do something special. Kevin wants to use this weekend to get a good rest, before he’s going back to work on Tuesday. So, we’ve decided to get the fire pit out and a good fire going in the backyard. After dinner, the girls got roasted marshmallows. They still played quite some time with their sticks in in the fire, while Kevin and I kept an eye on them. When Kevin played with the dogs, he saw the crescent Moon in the background of the house, and said: “Honey, the Moon can be seen from here. It’s just a sliver.”

Moon, Planets & Constellations In August 2019

Last night, while I’ve waited for Katelynn to come home from Band Camp, I spent some time outside in the frontyard. Right now, the Moon is at its waxing crescent stage, while Jupiter and Saturn are bright in the sky next to the constellations Scorpius and Sagittarius. Unfortunately, due the high light pollution in the suburbs of Dallas, my camera can’t catch all the stars of Sagittarius. But it still shows a good portion of it, “The Teapot” & “The Teaspoon”. When you have a clear sky, go and take a look tonight. Scorpius and Jupiter can be seen towards south, while Sagittarius or “The Teapot/Teaspoon” and Saturn can be seen southeast. On the photos, I’ve mapped it out for anyone, who is interested to take closer look in the Celestial Sphere. Enjoy stargazing this August! 🌙🔭📡