Tag Archives: Mercury

There’s a Star in the East

Long winter nights. Crisp clear skies. Denser colder atmosphere. These are a few of my favorite things during the winter months and they add up to darker skies and brighter stars.  This weekend also has a few things going for … Continue reading

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Early Bird Catches Comet

I’m an early riser.  I’m always up before the sun.  Some mornings, like this morning, I wake up to obscured skies, clouds reflecting the ruddy golden light of Kansas City in the southeast from my bedroom window.

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Venus Dives Past Saturn

Twelve degrees Fahrenheit this morning as I setup the tripod and camera for the third pre-dawn photo shoot of Saturn and Venus.  Completely calm, unlike yesterday morning, so no jiggles to the camera, beyond my fumbling numb fingers.  I opted … Continue reading

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Saturn Squeezing Venus

I went to bed Sunday night lamenting the end of my longest vacation in over a decade.  I double-checked and triple-checked my return-to-work checklist (security badge, laptop, cell phone, sunglasses, lunch bag, work clothes and shoes, etc.) before nodding off.  … Continue reading

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Begining of the End

I learned last night at the November general meeting of the Astronomical Society of Kansas City that we have just fifty days (forty-nine as I write this blog) until the end of a Mayan age (the 13th Bak’tun).  More commonly … Continue reading

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Mercury Rises

I rode a rollercoaster of challenges this past weekend.  On the high side, my son and daughter-in-law drove up from North Texas for a visit.  On the down side, despite the worst drought in recorded history, cloud cover prevented me … Continue reading

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Catching Mercury

I could not have asked for a more beautiful or perfect day yesterday (weather-wise).  Crystal clear light blue skies and a light wind out of the southeast I believe.  I kept my fingers crossed most of the day.  Mid-afternoon I … Continue reading

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Mercury Hunting

I got home early Friday.  I had to wear my sunglasses for the drive home, always a good sign when you want to do some planet hunting soon after sunset.  Since I had more than an hour before the sun … Continue reading

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A Conspiracy of Clouds

I should have known not to get my hopes up while driving westward home from work.  I so wanted to see Mercury (something I’ve never observed with the naked eye, a camera, binoculars or a telescope) and a tiny sliver … Continue reading

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Bright Evening Star at Dark Moon

I got home from work yesterday before 5:15 p.m., leaving me plenty of time before the sunset to walk Apollo.  Terry got him so excited, whispering the word ‘walk’ in his eagerly raised ears.  By the time I had changed … Continue reading

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