Jupiter In Opposition

Jupiter (lower left) is in opposition to the sun tonight. The earth is between the sun and Jupiter, and Jupiter is closer to the earth tonight. The last time Jupiter made an approach this close to the earth was in 1963 (59 years ago). There might be a conspiracy in the 1963 approach and apposition. Saturn (upper right) looked on.

Jupiter and its moons among the stars

Saturn

Services In A TUFF SHED®

White Oaks, New Mexico doesn’t need no stinking cathedral or post-bank-style building for worship services. A TUFF SHED® with a steeple does just fine.

A colorful cacti in the churchyard, and a second TUFF SHED® used for fellowship hall.

The Harvest Moon rising last night with Saturn peeking through the clouds on the right. Saturn in the center photo. The Harvest Moon shining through the clouds.

There was lightning to the north last night. Saturn and its moons in plaid. The Harvest moon finally rose above the clouds.

9:30, 1:30, 5:30

9:30 pm last night. Jupiter is in the lower left of the photo, and Saturn is close to the right edge of the photo.

Jupiter and four moons at 9:30 pm last night.

The sky straight overhead at 9:30 pm last night. Click on the image to enlarge it.

Jupiter and three of its moons at 1:30 am this morning. I woke up and 1:30 am and remembered I had left the drip systems on, so I got up and turned off the drip system and photographed Jupiter. I forgot my iPhone, so I didn’t get any wide-angle photos of the sky at 1:30 am.

The sky looking east at 5:30 am this morning. Click on the image to enlarge it.

Jupiter with three of its moons at 5:30 am this morning. It’s interesting how the moons change positions through the night.

The sky straight overhead at 5:30 am this morning. You can see the Pleiades and Mars in the upper right side of the photo. Click on the image to enlarge it.

The clouds at sunset this evening.