The Celestial Ball Dance In February 2023
February 2023 is a fantastic time to easily view two unique planets in our solar system. The gas giant Jupiter and our scorching sister planet, Venus, are brilliant in the night sky this month. These planetary diamonds shine bright even in regions with terrible light pollution, like New York City.
Venus is a rocky planet that’s about the same size as Earth. It’s also the closest planet to us. But on the ground, its environs are hotter than a pizza oven, at some 900 degrees Fahrenheit(Opens in a new tab). The planet’s thick layers of greenhouse gases, like the potent carbon dioxide, trap copious amounts of heat. Its upper atmosphere, however, hosts more moderate, reasonable climes.
Jupiter is a giant gas planet, containing over twice the mass of all other planets in our solar system combined. Thick clouds and storms (mainly of hydrogen and helium) swirl around the surface, including the Great Red Spot, which NASA notes has “raged for over a century.” (Opens in a new tab) Jupiter contains 92 known moons(Opens in a new tab), including the fascinating world Europa, which harbors an icy ocean beneath its cracked shell.
The Full Snow Moon 2023
Almost Full Snow Moon 2023
A Sunny January Evening In Texas ~ 2013
The Full Wolf Moon 2023 🐺
Wolf Moon, Old Moon, Ice Moon, Moon After Yule
The frost and snow of Winter tighten their grip on the sleeping landscape. The nights are long, and food sources are scarce. In times past, the wolves would hunt around the village’s edge to look for scraps.
The January Full Moon is about protection. This could be anything from checking the batteries in the smoke detector to working on setting better boundaries. It is also a time to look at our habits and limits and adjust those things that do not serve us anymore.
Our Yard In Late December 2022
The year 2022 comes to an end. And the weather became a lot milder over the week. We went from 3℉/-16℃ to 59℉/15℃ within less than a week. But the rain is supposed to be coming in, tomorrow. So, Chewbacca and I enjoy every minute of sunshine this afternoon.
December Sunrise In The Valley (2)
The Waning Gibbous Moon at dawn (12-20-2022)
December Sunrise In The Valley (1)
This morning, we had a “Dinosaur” Parade. A “T-Rex” led it at sunrise.
December Winter Weather In New England (1)
Yesterday around noon, it started to snow. The snow covered the trees and grounds. But it didn’t stick to the asphalt yet. So, the streets stayed pretty clear until dusk.
This morning looked completely different. We have a Winter Wonderland in December. And it looks so beautiful. All night, the snow plow trucks kept cleaning up the streets. Kevin was up and cleaned the driveway at 5 o’clock. Sara couldn’t sleep and she took over for Kevin. He needed to get ready for work. Sara had a 2-hour school delay. so, she kept pushing snow off the driveway until it was clean.
Winter Wonderland (1) ☃
Winter In Texas (2007 – 2009)
The Waxing Gibbous Moon & The Planets In Early December 2022
The Total Lunar Eclipse In November 2022
Despite it being a chilly and windy morning, I still went outside to photograph the Lunar Eclipse. When I walked up the driveway, I also could see many star constellations. Due to a clear sky, the stars were very bright. On top of the driveway, I had to hurry up. The Moon set soon. However, it was still in the phase of totality. When I was done capturing photos, it dawned in the east. I also had enough of the cold wind. I was chilled and needed some coffee.
Backyard Stargazing In November (1)🪐🔭
Tonight, I gazed northeast and southeast from our back porch. From there Jupiter could be seen close to the waxing gibbous November Moon. Zooming in with my camera the four Galilean Moons were visible orbiting around the Gas Giant. Gazing at the northeastern skies, I could clearly make out the star constellation Cassiopeia. Perseus hasn’t completely risen at 8:00 pm. And Pegasus didn’t fit fully into the frame. Triangulum can be seen in the night sky.
The Full Hunter’s Moon 2022 🏹
The Hunter’s Moon is also the October Full Moon. The leaves fall from the trees and the fields stand empty after harvest. The forest’s animals have fattened up for the winter ahead. The thinning leaves and empty fields made this an easier time to hunt in preparation for the winter ahead.
The October full moon is about honoring that which has passed; the plants and the animals that gave their lives to sustain ours and our ancestors who brought us into being and helped shape our world. Cook old family recipes or retell old family stories in honor of your ancestors.
Travel Journal, Day 1 (Part IV): The Harvest Moon Over Wheatfield, New York 2022
… to be continued …
The Full Harvest Moon
The Pumpkins, squash, and beans are ready for harvest. And the bright light of the Harvest Moon allows us the extra time needed to finish the harvest. The leaves on the trees begin to turn color. The Summer’s sunshine gives way to the fall’s Darkening evenings.
The Harvest Full Moon is a time to find balance in our lives, of settling into a slower rhythm after the Summer’s adventures. It is a time of giving thanks and enjoying the abundance in our lives.
The Last Quarter Moon In August 2022
🎵 … Fly Me To The Moon … 🎵
The Waxing Gibbous Moon In August 2022
National Moon Day 2022
Today is the 53rd Anniversary of Apollo 11 landing with three Astronauts aboard, the Moon. On July 20, 1969, at 11:00 PM EST, Neil Armstrong announced, that he would make “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”
The Full Buck Supermoon 2022
Buck Moon, Thunder Moon, Hay Moon, Blessing Moon, Meadow Moon
The herbs grow tall in the forests and along the river beds. The male deer regrow their antlers as Summer peeks and matures. The Summer weather rolls across the landscape as it encourages nature to grow and produce. As the Moon waxes, we draw in the expensive energy of adventure and exploration. We spend time in the woods and at the beach. We hike and work in our gardens. As the Moon wanes, we release any judgment we may have about enjoying the playful spirit of Summer. But we also balance that with dream work, meditation, and slow gentle walks.
The Waxing Gibbous Moon In July 2022
The Waxing Crescent Moon In July 2022
The Full Strawberry Supermoon 2022 🍓
The Waxing Crescent Moon In June 2022
This is not the first time I’ve noticed a reddish dot in my waxing crescent Moon photos. My guess, I just caught one of the Luna orbiting satellites just at the right moment, when the sunrays or the earthshine reflect the satellite panels.
The Last Quarter Moon In May 2022
The Pink Full Moon In April 2022
The First Quarter Moon In April 2022
The weather seemed to be bi-polar today. Sunshine, rain, sunshine, rain, … Tonight, the sky cleared up and was almost cloudless. It was a good chance to photograph the First Quarter Moon.