Saturday, June 24, 2017

peppered sky over warm fire (Blue Mountains)

While enjoying a warm fire, we watched the sky overhead.

9:30 PM. Watched the planets pop out. Bright Jupiter led the way. Then the magnitude 1 stars emerged. Not great seeing.

10:00. More stars. The beginning of constellations.

Could not figure out what the bright glow was off to the west. Too low for zodiacal light.

10:23. I spotted Saturn over the house. 

10:26. Noted the Dippers up high.

Saw a couple of faint satellites.

Rhonda looked at Saturn a couple of times. Views did not sound great, due poor seeing.

Not feeling well so I hit the hay. 

I don't know how she does it but Sue had arranged for clear skies for the early part of the evening.


Heard later that the clouds rolled in at midnight. That was too bad. But we had been very fortunate overall.

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