Friday, September 2, 2016
Still feeling the heat of the summer sun. But not as hot this month and mostly cloudy! The long, dry, hot…. dog days of August are gone. August turned out to be one of the wettest and least hot months on record! Creek was running a couple of times. Still working on the tree fall! Large 30 foot oak fell over at the base root in our north yard. Watching Mars, Jupiter and Saturn on these summer nights. Jupiter was close to the Crescent moon on August 5th. Saturday August 6 was a Cross-Quarter day! Midpoint of Astronomical Summer, half way from June Solstice to September equinox. 3:28 pm….hug a tree. Venus and Jupiter became one on August 26: was about 1° apart, on Saturday just 0.1° (⅕ of the moon’s diameter). Not visible from my portal, just too low from our position. We also missed the Perseids from my backyard, peaked August 12, just too cloudy here. Hercules was straight up, Pegasus and Andromeda just moving up in the East. Saturn, Mars and Antares in the SW. Possible Earth like Planet discovered this month! Is Proxima b a second Earth?