So long Orion

April 8, 2015

Time sure flies. We’re now about 3 weeks into spring, more than seven months since August 12, 2014. Winter’s huge constellation Orion and his dogs little Procyon and big Sirius are heading east past the zenith making way for Scorpius and Sagittarius arriving from the east near the lake. A few nights ago the moon and Jupiter were doing a dance at the zenith as the moon headed east to be eclipsed and become a full moon east near the lake as Jupiter kept riding west. Venus is still out in the west as the sun sets.

August 12, 2014 Sunday August 10 about 9:30 pm., the full moon, according to Sky and Telescope was about 9% closer to earth than usual. It hung south over the lake and all but obliterated the above mentioned constellations of the summer triangle especially Aquila (the eagle) and its brightest star Altair the southernmost of the three brightest summer triangle stars Vega, Altair and Deneb.I forgot to mention that as I was setting up my telescope I did see one of those large dancing meteors in my finder scope at about the zenith, probably one from the approaching Perseid meteor shower.

July 6 August 6, 2014 Last night at about 10:pm. the almost 3/4 illuminated moon drifted south near Saturn and the lake  on its way east out of the north west; tonight so bright with porch lights, street lamps and thin clouds that though the summer triangle  Vega, Altair and Deneb,were visible I didn’t bother attempting to use the telescope on their constellations Lyra, Aquila and Cygnus.