The Waxing Moon of March/April 2015

  THE CURRENT LUNAR MONTH happens to be particularly interesting during the waxing phases (lunation 1141 according to Brown’s series of 1923): FRI MAR 20: The equinox total eclipse of the Moon over northern Europe, perigean spring tide raising an 18 year supertide at Mont Saint-Michel in France; SUN MAR 22: High-elevation conjunction of the two-day old waxing crescent Moon … Continue reading

  TRIO: VENUS, MARS & THE MOON… The brilliant Evening Star VENUS has been blazing in the evening sky. The red planet MARS has been drawing closer to Venus, as it prepares to disappear into the sunset. Soon thereafter, Mars will move behind the Sun in its orbit, as seen from Earth. Venus and Mars come together TONIGHT, the evening … Continue reading

Conjunction of the Moon With Jupiter

  The planet Jupiter is the very bright “star” near the Full Moon tonight, February 3. After nightfall tonight, be sure to go outside and take a look! (FYI, the Moon passes Jupiter every other month of the year, but only when Jupiter is near opposition does the FULL MOON pass Jupiter. At this time, both the Moon and Jupiter … Continue reading

“Blood Moon”???

“Blood Moon”?    An eclipse of the Moon occurs when the Moon enters the Earth’s shadow.  The best eclipses are when the Moon enters the Earth’s umbra, or full shadow.  There is a stage of every partial and total eclipse when the Moon passes through the penumbra, or partial shadow of the Earth.  This stage is hard to even notice, and … Continue reading

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