Monday, February 1, 1999

More naked eye astronomy - Casual Observations

I'm in the middle of an intense work schedule, and my eyes are crossing from looking at the computer monitor. So, I took a short break, walked out in the backyard at 6 p.m. as the daylight was fading and night was rising in the east.

Bright in the west, Venus was blazing away, Jupiter was next up looking like a more distant and therefore dimmer Venus. Up high rode Saturn, pale yellow in comparison to the two bright planets. Looking very much like Mars, east of zenith, sat Aldebaran, nicely reddened, with its bright twin further east, Betelgeuse. Only Rigel, bright white to Betelgeuse's south seemed out of place. The others formed a nice gently curving sweep from west to east.

A nice treat for tired eyes.

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