Magnificent Mars

Look up into the night sky at the moment and, providing there are no clouds to obstruct your view, it will be hard to miss seeing Mars, which is currently nearing its closest approach to Earth in almost 15 years and looking resplendently bright.

Rising approx. two hours after the Moon last night, Mars was clearly visible.  I’ve been watching it for a few nights as it moves towards opposition in the early hours of Saturday morning when will also be at its brightest since it made its closest approach to Earth in almost 60,000 years back in 2003*. Continue reading →

The Super Blue (No So Blood) Moon

It was rather sad last night to be in the prime position to view the total lunar eclipse and to have Mother Nature (once again) have other ideas.  As the time for the eclipse drew closer, so did the storm clouds, with the heavens opening up at the precise time the Moon would have entered the Earth’s shadow.

Luckily though, we had taken a drive down to the beach earlier to watch the Moon rising before those pesky clouds arrived.
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Just Me and the Moon

It’s 4:00 am and something reminds me it’s time to get out of bed.  I stumble across the room and quietly close the door to our walk-in-wardrobe.  Once inside, I turn on the light and get dressed, then turn the light off before opening the door and tiptoeing out of the bedroom.

I gently pull the door behind me and grab my camera and step outside.  It’s cold, I didn’t grab my jumper, but I don’t have time to think about that.  Up in the sky, towards the West, is my dear old friend and this morning there is a partial penumbral eclipse.

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