Sunday, February 26, 2012

Sky Show

It was a strange sort of night here on Saturday.  There weren't many stars in the sky but the visible ones were very bright.  This was especially true of this amazing sight: the crescent moon with a bright star just below it, and an almost as bright one above and to the side.  The "stars" (Venus and Jupiter) were huge, and the moon was incredibly bright.  They were everything that was visible in the southwestern sky.  It was almost like being on another planet.

Saturday evening and early night were the closest the crescent moon and Venus would be (top illustration.)  Sunday evening and night Jupiter will be the closest to the moon. (This one.)  If the current weather forecast holds, we won't see anything here for the cloud cover.  But maybe where you are...  

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