Showing posts with label moon. Show all posts
Showing posts with label moon. Show all posts

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Supermoon Fading for Now

The night sky is wonderful this time of the year. 

Orion is out in the early morning hours and the moon phases across the star studded darkness. October's Hunter's Moon is waxing. A New Moon is on the way. November and December will also see their own Supermoons this year. Orion and his nebulae star cluster will watch the moon go by from new, crescent, waning, full, waxing into the nights. 

I am up to watch it all unfold. 

The mornings are cool until noon. That is when I am doing chores and coordinating my activities. Then it's off to sleep in the heat of the day.

It won't last long. Autumn beacons. The man made high pressure systems are about to fall. Mother Nature will get her way because she is about to move in.

I hope she packed some rain.

Have a great and wonderful day! 



Saturday, October 1, 2016

On the Horizon of a Black Moon

Black Moons are the equivalent to a Blue Moon for New Moons. 

Confused? Don't be. Blue Moons are two Full Moons in a month or four in a seasonal cycle. Black Moons are two New Moons in the same vein. 

So how can we use these natural cycles in our stories? For supernatural or paranormal subplots? Since I will be working on a werewolf novel next, the mythology surrounding the moon has become late night reading. 

I have read about the phases, names, and astrologies of the moon from Celtic to Chinese. The moon as the Earth's only satellite has captured the human imagination for thousands of years. The only avenue left is to create a new mythos for a story that is not complacent, derivative, or juvenile. 

When my characters come alive in my head, I bet they will have a lot to say, but for now it's research time. Pass the gmo free bean chips! 

Have a great and wonderful day!



Monday, August 31, 2015

Up 'n at 'em

This morning was really pretty in the Sonoran Desert. 

In the summer after staying up all night to avoid the extreme heat, I welcome the sun and all her glory. A few years back Venus and Jupiter were high in the eastern sky from 3am until the sun rose. My traveling companions. 

Now the rotations have shifted. Venus comes up later about 5am in the east. Don't fret. Jupiter and Mars are not far behind and when cool October mornings come around, all three will be very, very close together in our sky. I cannot wait!

I have been updating my blogs, publishing some poems. I have been doing the bored to death thing. I get like this during summers. Summer is just not that exciting to me. I know we have the monsoon storms, but those only happen when the geoengineers are being stupid or generous. I cannot figure out which. ;) 

I really do hate the toxic chemical laden, ecoterrorism being played out in our skies and no one seems to notice. I notice. I was raised with blue skies. I do not know what those lines are doing up there but to damage our ice caps and ozone lawyer. Yeah, and they say it is us. Nope! It is "them." 

So if you can wake up extra early, especially at the end of October, the alignment of those three planets should be spectacular. 

I for one cannot wait to fill up my camera's memory with the memory of a life lived. 

Have a great and wonderful day!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Bad Moon Rising

The total lunar eclipse was a blast! 

I could only see up until totality but I am proud I made it that far. My energy has been drained and I am a couch potato today. No surprise.

Even though I took some pictures, I wish I could have gotten images for after totality. 

There are four of these total lunar eclipses in a row. Next stop, October 2014. Maybe I'll get my pictures then. 2015 will have another set of these eclipses. This foursome won't happen again until 2032... so make a date skywatchers!

As for my pictures, I posted them here: Lunar Shadow Dancing: April's Total Eclipse Highlights.  

I hope everyone else had fun at their star parties. My party was for one, yet it was a great time. I hope to do it again soon.

Have a great and wonderful night! 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Total Eclipse of the Heart... Lunar Style

What a night it is going to be!

A total lunar eclipse is going to be visible in the Americas... finally. I have been waiting for another eclipse for a while now. We have the one tonight, in October and next May (2015). 

I hope I get to see another solar eclipse soon. The last one was fun. A neighbor came out while i was taking photographs and she's said: why is it so dark out here? hahaha!!! Hilarious!

Onto tonight, I have batteries charging, telescope ready, camera on its tripod. After 8pm, I am going to start setting up in my front yard. *Excited*

I love when we get a taste of the universe. 

Here is my article on the gazette if you need to know exact times: Total Eclipse of the Heart: Moon Goes Red for April.

Also remember that Mars will be the closet to us until next year as well Saturn will be visible too!

So have fun out there! If I get any cool photos, I will try to post some here.

Have a great and wonderful evening!


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Up in the Sky, It's the Moon, Mars, and Jupiter!

The universe is beautiful.

Look up to see the Moon setting with Jupiter and Mars coming overhead. It is magnificent. I love it.

I just wish my hands were more steady so I could take better photos. I used to be good at stills like that. Now with the neurological damage, not so much.

But the eclipse set for next week, I am going to get out my telescope, binoculars, and an old tripod. I better get some good photos of the moon, stars and planets then!

I love astronomy. When I look up and see the solar system, it makes me feel that I belong to something bigger than myself. It makes me feel complete.

Then the worries and angst wash away.

How can one stay stressed out looking at creation?


Wednesday, January 15, 2014

By the Light of the Pale Moon

That's right, folks, it's that time of the month again. The moon is full in the heavens. All the crazies are out and the stars like to twinkle, twinkle. 

I cannot hide it any longer. I am in love. I love the night sky. 

I love Orion, the planets, nebulae, Milky Way... all of it!

I have these great binoculars that are just about as good as any telescope I have ever had but these binoculars are easier to position. Much more efficient. I do not have to fumble around with lens, or balance, or anything. I point and gaze.

And, I do gaze.... remember, I'm in love ;)

I may not be the best astronomer in the world, but I  am the happiest. Tonight, before I go to bed, I am going to head outside and look up at the near full moon and wonder. I will wonder why I am the only one outside gazing upward.

When you look at the marvels in our solar system, you can dream of worlds beyond our own. You can dream. You can see that we are but a small blue planet in an ever expanding red shift. 

Out there is where we come from. Out there is who we are. Out there is the undiscovered country of our own imaginations.

Won't you join me?
 

Have a great night!


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