Friday, May 23, 2008

Comet Update

Wow, there were no clouds in the evening sky last night. And the moon wasn't due to come up 'till 9:30 or so. Sandra and I set up the binoculars in our back yard, applied insect repellant, and did some comet and star gazing.

The comet had moved a little bit since the previous evening. That was encouraging because it confirmed that we were really looking at comet Boattini and not some miscellaneous background object in the sky.

Mars had also moved and was right in with the stars of the Beehive Cluster in Cancer. There was a little too much ambient light in our neighborhood to see the Beehive with the naked eye, but it was a beautiful site in the binos.

If the skies stay clear this weekend, we plan to head to a really dark site and see the stellar splendors in all their glory

No comments: