Watching the creek.
Gorgeous! Must be nice to live in a part of the country with such clear skies. Stay away from the cities!!!
Ha ha! Yup cities can be tough on star gazing. It is too bad because everybody should be able to see the stars. It is part of what makes us human. It should be protected, just like our right to clean drinking water. Damn I’m off on a tangent again. Sorry about that. Glad you liked the photo.
Jupiter is putting on a good show. Keep your eye on Venus. It will quickly disappear from the evening sky within 2 weeks and become a morning ‘star’.
Our days are getting longer. Venus isn’t going to have much time to shine either in the east or west, morning or night. I am looking forward to seeing it switch horizons and see it in the morning.
You know your skies – I wouldn’t have had a clue that was Jupiter
Hi Carol, there is no way to tell by a photo. It isn’t hard when you are out under the stars. It doesn’t take long before you recognize a few ‘stars’. Once you do that your eyes always go directly to them. Take care.
I’ve got a device tucked away in a cupboard somewhere which is a bit like a kaleidoscope and you peer through it after rotating it to the time of year and it labels things for you. Don’t know why I’ve not used it yet!
Your kaleidoscope is a version of a planisphere. I have one printed on heavy card that I use. It is great for letting me know when to wake up and where the Milky Way will be.
Beautiful photo, Bob, and fascinating discussion with Carol about the planisphere. I will have to check it out. It would help me identify the few stars that I can see in the city sky…
Hi Carol, a planisphere is an accurate tool. Many people who enjoy the stars have apps on their phones that show them where the stars are in any given moment. I like to remind them apps only work when you have cell reception. In the mountains there is no cell reception. I gave a talk to kids about the stars and made sure they all had planispheres to take home. It was neat to see them turning them and looking at the constellations. Here is a link to a planisphere that can be printed and made.
Thank you so much for the info, Bob. How I wish I had been there to hear your talk! 🙂
Gorgeous .. I’d be watching it too Bob! 😃
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