Sunday, July 31, 2022

Starry Nights

 The weather has been funny lately here on Bonaire. Super clear one moment, pouring rain the next, Sahara dust etc. But we had a couple clear nights. I got up around 2am the other night to do some meteor observing. Saw a handful of nice ones. Saturday evening, I took pictures of the Lagoon and Trifid Nebulae from out at the TWR transmitter site. And I got back up around 4:30 to see Mars and Uranus close together in the Eastern sky. Uranus was positioned at about 8 o'clock compared to Mars. Monday morning, they'll be more or less side by side as seen on Bonaire. (If you are up around 40 degrees North latitude, Uranus would have been at about 10 o'clock compared to Mars, and probably a bit higher than that tomorrow.) Both planets fit nicely in the field of view of my 10x30 binoculars.

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