Every Wednesday I post four things to look forward to, an offbeat holiday, an astronomy event, a new movie or TV show, and a volunteer opportunity. Out of the four, my favorite one to research is the astronomy event. I’m always looking for something anyone can spot with the naked eye, no special equipment needed.
I do look for each event that I list, and even manage to capture a few with my camera phone. This week was a crescent moon aligned with Venus, which I was able to spot on an evening walk yesterday. I also caught a glimpse of earthshine, sunlight that is reflected off the earth onto the dark side of the moon, slightly illuminating it. You have the chance to see it any time the moon is in a crescent phase, but the best months to spot it are April and May.
Although I didn’t quite capture it last night, I realized I had another photo where I did last winter, without even knowing quite what I was capturing. This is why I enjoy writing the Strange Happenings segment so much each week; I’m always learning something new, and finding new inspiration.
The moon with Venus last night
The Hunter Constellation in March
Crescent moon and Venus in January
The moon and Jupiter
The dimming sunlight against my office building during last August’s Solar Eclipse.