Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Miscellaneous: Jupiter and the moon

Look out your hotel window, look out your door, look out your sunroof. See the moon and the bright planet in conjunction with it tonight--Jupiter much closer to the Earth than it usually is. Tonight is the full moon. Jupiter is in opposition, meaning that the sun, the earth, and Jupiter are aligned, with the sun "behind" Earth and Jupiter 180 degrees away, which makes it very bright and easy to view all night long. Beautiful. I will get out the telescope tonight. An unusual alignment. If I knew anything about astrology, I could pretend it meant something.

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