Jupiter and the moon were fabulous last night. I hope you got to see them. We were clear in Duluth, Minn. though there a price to be paid in frozen fingertips. The temperature hit -18 F at my house.
Our two celebs were so close together you could easily see the moon’s motion to the east in just 20 minutes. For a change, the air was tranquil overhead, giving steady, sharp images at the telescope. Craters like Copernicus, Plato and Tycho were crisply detailed and Europa’s shadow on Jupiter’s cloud tops looked like the most perfect of points.
Tonight the moon moves further east into Taurus. As it waxes closer to full, we get more moon for our buck. That means more cool craters and alien terrain to pour over in binoculars and telescopes. I encourage you to take a look even if the weather bites. Just throw on a few more layers and laugh at the cold.