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.

Saturn At Opposition

Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, and possibly Nunki seen on the righthand edge of the photo. I couldn’t find anything else that would be that bright to the right of Saturn in the charts.

What is Saturn opposed to? The sun, of course. On August 14th Saturn will be at its brightest. I’m hoping for a clear night.

These images of Saturn were taken through the night into the early morning hours using my Bazooka lens (Canon 400mm ƒ/4 DO) on a Canon 7D Mark II when I could see Saturn through breaks in the clouds.

The moon peeking out through a break in the clouds.

The moon finally broke free from the clouds.

Jupiter with three of its moons. I was surprised I got Neptune on the right.

Gray Matters

I walked out to the river at dusk to see if I could get the moonrise. Only gray clouds from the approaching storm.

Demons and dragons closing in on Resa’s tree.

I woke up a 3:30 am, walked outside, and shot the moon as it slipped through the clouds before disappearing behind the trees.

A tree held onto the moon after it slipped through the clouds.

Mars, Jupiter, and Venus at 3:48 am.

There Unseen

4:17 am in the falling rain. There’s a planetary alignment behind those clouds.

I looked to the west and saw Wile E. Coyote laughing at me.

4:45 am. I can see the moon, Mars and Jupiter.

The alignment if there were no mountains, trees or clouds.

Esatern sky at 4:51 am, 5:07 am, and 6:30 am.

A Shasta Daisy Galaxy

A bored Buddy in a meeting this morning.

Water like chocolate in the acequia madre.

Dry & Night

Plowed earth lies barren
Fertile ground parched and thirsty
Spilled seeds will not grow

Moon tunnel lights night sky
Portal to the other side
Hallucinations sleeping souls
Keeper of our dreams

Jupiter sits on Sandia Crest
Saturn basks in a golden glow
Stars still hang in space

Midnight rainbow hangs at two
Stars peek through smokey hues
Brushstrokes blotches arcs
Orange, greens, magenta, blues

Jupiter rising into blue
Saturn sees the moon at two