Sunday, June 07, 2020

Moon Planets June 7-9

The Moon, Jupiter and Saturn are close together in the southern sky.

They make a nice line Sunday night/ Monday morning. 
And they will make a fairly small triangle Monday night/Tuesday morning.
(We spotted the moon closing in on the planets at about 3am on Sunday morning.) 

If you are on Bonaire, you should be able to spot them by 11pm. In more northern points like here in New Jersey, it would be some time around or after midnight.

Monday, April 27, 2020

Deer in Bloomfield!

We are in NJ right now to get a VNS implant to help control Sandra's seizures. Got here just in time for the COVID-19 adventure. 



We're staying right next to the Brookdale Christian Church on Broad street in Bloomfield. We saw some deer behind the church the other day. Probably because of the reduced human activity around here.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Early Bird Special

If the sky is clear around 5:30 Wednesday morning, you'll be able to see the moon together with Mars, Saturn and Jupiter.

Here are two images from Stellarium planetarium software.

One shows what it will look like on Bonaire and the other what it will look like in north Jersey. The moon and planets will be higher in the sky on Bonaire.

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Thursday Moon and Venus

The Moon has moved up past Venus tonight.

They appear quite striking together in the evening sky.

Moon and Venus, Wed. Feb. 26

Here is what the Moon and Venus looked like Wednesday evening, here on Bonaire. 

Thursday night, the Moon will be a bit to the upper left of Venus. It should look quite nice if the skies are clear.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Moon and Venus

Sandra and I went out Monday evening to look for the teeny tiny Moon, but there was a cloud bank right in front of where the Moon should be. 

We went out Tuesday night and saw the tiny Moon and Venus. 

The Moon will still be below Venus Wednesday night, but closer to Venus than it was on Tuesday. 


The Moon will be even closer to Venus, at the upper left of Venus (as seen on Bonaire anyway) on Thursday evening.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Moon and Planets - Feb. 20

There were lots of clouds this morning, but I got a few chances to see Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and the Moon.

I didn't see the stars of Sagittarius with my naked eye, but they were visible when I was focusing in Live View and in the picture.

Monday, February 17, 2020

Moon and Planets - Feb. 18-20

The Moon and planets are going to be worth looking at this week. On Tuesday morning (Feb. 18) the Moon is quite near Mars. In fact, for places to west of Bonaire, the Moon will pass right in front of Mars while it is still dark out.


If I were to have my telescope out here on Bonaire, which I probably won't, I could probably see the Moon blot out Mars from 09:10 to 09:13 Tuesday morning. Mars would then emerge from the shadowed side of the Moon about an hour later. The timing will most likely be different in other places. 


On Wednesday morning, the Moon will be near Jupiter.


On Thursday morning, the Moon will be near Saturn. If you use the Moon to nail down the location of these three planets this week, you'll be able to follow their progress across the sky all through the spring and summer.


It was cloudy here on Bonaire this morning. I'm hoping for at least one clear morning on Tue, Wed. or Thur. this week!