Saturday, May 26, 2018

0525Y2K+18 the heat of summer

The cool winds of spring are turning warmer! Triple digit temps daily now. Summer constellations are clearer in the night sky and the Planets rule. May has been a great month to view Jupiter in Libra. The Eta Aquarid meteor shower was not that great in my portal, May 5th. Saturn in Sagittarius was seen early morning before sunrise. Venus, in Taurus as an evening star. And Mars in Capricorn seen in early morning darkness. Early morning or late evening, viewing the planets very satisfying. The Group on the Hill was going to have a Solar viewing this month, but postponed it until the first weekend in June. Lava flow and eruptions in Hawaii continue to be problem! First named storm, Alberto,  will be moving into Gulf of Mexico this Memorial Day weekend. Tourists have taken to the rivers! Summer is here, early......

Sunday, April 1, 2018

0402Y2K+18 Green Planet

Every thing is green! Oak dust on everything. Hummers got here March 17, on St. Patty's Day. The Tourists are pouring into the parks for another Easter weekend. Another full moon on April 1, Wow! The world was waiting for China's Space Station to fall, it fell somewhere near Hawaii, by April 2nd. Looking forward to looking at Mars and Jupiter in the night sky. Large and bright the month of April into May. Look for red Mars early morning in Sagittarius. Jupiter is in Libra high in the evening sky. The TPML folks on the hill hope to get a clear night, April 14. The Lyrid meteor shower was April 20, I saw none. Earth Day was April 21!

Sunday, March 4, 2018

0304Y2K+18 spring and another Blue Moon!

Meteorological Spring has started March 1! Feels and looks like winter may be done. More cloudy skies and less starry nights these long winter days and nights the past couple of months. We saw a Bright full moon through a veil of clouds March 1. Medical issues have kept me away from the night sky, but we have kept up with the planets and the moon. The ISS has a new crew and the large rocket launch was successful at the cape. This sent a car and a “spaceman” hurling towards Mars!! March Equinox: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 11:15 am CDT. There was NO full moon in February. March has a second full Blue moon March 31!

Saturday, December 30, 2017

1229Y2K+17 colder nights, darker skies?

The Leonids in November were missed or not very good here. Enjoyed the ISS pass: 6:15 WSW 52 degrees high on November 27. Start splitting the wood for the fireplace, Old Man winter is finally getting here! Cold nights bring on sharper night skies. Drag out the decorations and got ready for the Christmas rush! The Geminid Meteors were a good show on December 13 for those who stayed up late and into the early morning hour to view some of the brighter fireballs. Our 8 planets are not in good positions to be viewed this month. However, the group on the hill will gather December 9 at TPML. Winter solstice was: Thursday, December 21, 2017 at 10:28 am CST. Daylight is the shortest! Warm clothes and frosty nights to come. Keep looking up, follow the constellations and the planets……Polar Vortex on the way for New Year’s Day 2018! Brrrrrrrrr!

Friday, December 1, 2017

1202Y2K+17 colder nights, darker skies?

The Leonids in November were missed or not very good here. Enjoyed the ISS pass: 6:15 WSW 52 degrees November 27. Split the wood for the fireplace, Old Man winter is finally getting here! Cold nights bring on sharper night skies. Drag out the decorations and get ready for the Christmas rush! The Geminid Meteors should present a good show on December 13 for those who stay up late and into the early morning hour to view some of the brighter fireballs. Our 8 planets are not in good positions to be viewed this month. However, the group on the hill will gather December 9 at TPML. Winter solstice: Thursday, December 21, 2017 at 10:28 am CST. Daylight is the shortest! Warm clothes and frosty nights to come. Keep looking up, follow the constellations and the planets……

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

1014Y2K+17 Finally, Fall Skies

Several storms have left a bunch of Trees and limbs fallen in the woods and creek, keeping us busy the past several weeks. Temperatures are trying to get cooler and the sky is trying to get crisp and clear at night. Summer keeps coming back between fronts. Venus shines in Leo early in the AM before dawn. Jupiter is rising in the East in the evening now in Virgo. Good conditions for the Orionid Meteor shower October 21st. The group on the hill will have one night on Oct 28th (International Observe the Moon). Enjoy the cooler nights and clear skies. We are looking forward to November nights.

Friday, September 15, 2017

0915Y2K+17 the end of summer

August brought the close of summer in my portal. The Solar Eclipse was not spectacular here but farther north….wow! Great photos and videos were posted on the net. Here is one from Oregon on Aug 21. September brought 2 Hurricanes! Harvey and Irma. Some wind damage with downed tree limbs here left by Harvey. Lots of cloudy skies and some needed rain. The big event was Adios Cassini on September 15. A decade plus of great runs in and out of the Saturn and her moons. I can’t wait for the next mission they send out there. Lots of great looks at the night sky following the planets and constellations. Fall is soon upon us on Friday, September 22, 2017 at 3:02 pm CDT… cooler nights ahead!