Don’t forget. Tonight Jupiter and moon are in conjunction and only about 2 degrees (four moon diameters) apart. Watch for the pair to rise in the northeastern sky around 8 p.m. local time.
While you’re out, turn your gaze to the northern sky. Recent solar CMEs (coronal mass ejections) have set the Earth’s magnetosphere aquiver, dumping high speed particles into the upper atmosphere to create auroras. The sky lit up over Norway last night from solar storms. Sky watchers in the northern U.S. may have their turn tonight. I’ll update the blog later today if auroras are imminent.
On Monday evening I got out in time to watch the full moon rise over Lake Superior. Moonrise occurred just 10 minutes before sunset, giving sky watchers that key 15-minute “photo window” when moonlight is balanced by the fading light of day. How pleasing to the eye to see a pink moon against Earth’s purplish shadow.