• Greg

The Moon, Mars and Orion rising

Spending quiet time in the lovely month of September, with the Moon, Planets Mars & Venus and our old friend Orion the Hunter coming up from the southeast to announce winter.

I have been working away on the new video and the only time I have taken breaks for sanity purposes or burnout, is when I bring up a new song, last night I had an enchanted moment with these planets.... First it was a full moon last night, I know that many times we become so entranced with what we are engaged with (life, kids, bills, home etc.) that I often forget to look up, then when I do, I get these feelings that are hard to explain, first there is nothing else that can remind one of how short our brief existence here on Earth is than when we compare them to our lives, that very Moon, Mars & Venus were the same ones that our distant ancestors gazed upon when the heavenly bodies seemed to have carried much more prominence then they do today, human lives too, the permanence the planets and stars have compared to our brief lives,

but I have learned one very important thing, that no 2 nights observations will ever be the same when we are looking at the night sky in the future or the past, every night offers it's own unique view, every viewing will take on it's own identity, where they are in the sky, how rapidly they are moving and how close or far away we are from them, last night I had an enchanted moment as I usually do when looking up, it started for me when I needed to go to the near by 7/11 to get some water and I noticed the moon had a very ominous but bright look to it last night so I whipped out my trusty cellphone cam to try and capture it, of course as always when using a camera without a telephoto lens on it NEVER does the subject any justice, BUT LAST NIGHT THERE WAS A VERY UNIQUE CLOUD PATTERN THAT ACCOMPANIED THE MOON, ( not yelling) and I know that it was not real but the clouds took on the figure of a person with a beard laying in bed, with his hands resting behind his head, and the moon was resting right in the middle of his mouth, it was very unique and intriguing,

I spiffed the pic up a bit but if you look close to the clouds they take on the appearance of a person laying in bed, it looked very cool,

I tried to capture a picture of it, but like I said the camera never seems to give the target justice, but that was just a part of it, Mars which for me is directly above and slightly to the south is getting closer to it's bi annual

perihelion with earth, it will be 2 years before it will present itself with relative clarity as that of a planet for us, Mars is the most difficult of the planets that are visible to see for us. I was actually surprised that I was able to catch it clear enough to photograph with my cellphone but I ended up going in the backyard and just spending a little enchanted time with the galaxy it turns out, one never knows where Venus will be, sometimes it looks so big you can almost reach out and touch it, last night about 1 AM it was sitting perpendicular to Mars they both looked to be roughly the same size in the sky , for whatever reason I did not think to take a photo of Venus , last night it was mostly about the Moon the full moon high beams on (bright),

The planet Mars from my cellphone

The cloud pattern with the Moon was just amazing though, the clouds presented themselves so beautifully, and it looks amazingly like a man laying in bed, looking straight at me, the images never do the real thing justice but if you look closely there is enough there to resemble a face, only it was many times more clear.

Of course the clouds did not remain in that configuration long, but it was just lucky for me to see that whole thing, I spent a good half hour out there first looking at our enigmatic moon then my attention switched to Mars and Venus I was getting tired and the cloud cover a bit to much to see so I decided to go in but before I did I noticed a familiar scene just rising up of what looked too me to be the South east that was the familiar sight of Orion the Hunter he is announcing Winter just with his presence as Orion can only be scene from the Northern Hemisphere in the colder months, as it slowly makes it's way to the Southwest. I 0ften think about what the people like the ancient Egyptians thought about it all, they were steeped in a long metaphysical view of the night sky I imagine that it was the greatest show to be seen at that time with absolutely zero light pollution, it had to be nothing

short of awesome sight to see, one can even still today see what they saw as far as clarity goes but imagine seeing Jupiter or Saturn so close to Earth, this is why they have planetary or star looking bodies over the heads of their deities, there is no other explanation as to why these bodies were over their Gods heads, because these were their Gods, it had to be a truly spectacular sight to see, in the above photo of the moon I un-zoomed the lens then used an effect , that is the moon taken with no flash, then I zoomed it all the way and snapped a couple with the flash, I wanted to share it with you, if you think about a little later on in the evening go outside and take a look at the planet Mars, it will be right there high in the Southern sky, that's where is was and has been for me . Here is a pithy explaination about Mars from Earth sky website https://earthsky.org/?p=337968

Mars is closest in spite of the fact that Earth will swing between Mars and the sun, at its opposition on October 13, 2020.

Why aren’t we closest to Mars on the day we pass between it and the sun? If both the Earth and Mars circled the sun in perfect circles, and on the same exact plane, the distance between Earth and Mars would always be least on the day of Mars’ opposition. But we don’t live in such a symmetrical universe. All planets have elliptical orbits and a perihelion (closest point) and aphelion (farthest point) from the sun.

Mars’ orbit around the sun takes 687 days in contrast to 365 days for Earth. It has a year nearly twice as long as ours. Earth’s farthest point from the sun comes yearly, in early July. Mars was at its closest to the sun on March 3, 2020. Ever since July 4, 2020, Earth has been moving closer to the sun; and ever since March 3, 2020, Mars has been edging away from the sun.

At its opposition on October 13 – when Earth will be directly between Mars and the sun – Mars will be farther from than sun than on October 6, 2020. On the other hand, Earth will be closer to the sun (and therefore farther from Mars) on October 13 than on October 6. That all adds up to Earth being slightly closer to Mars on October 6 than October 13.

The time interval between a Mars opposition and its least distance from Earth can be as long as 8.5 days (1969), or as little as 10 minutes (2208 and 2232).

Generally speaking, Mars is at its brightest in 2020 throughout the month of October 2020. It is now shining more brilliantly than the planet Jupiter, and it’s not very often that Mars outshines the king planet!

This is another un-zoomed no flash pic with an effect , the green swirls are clouds, I have never regretted spending time with the galaxy at night, it is always serene and interesting and no 2 night's are ever the same, it is food for the spirit & soul, to think that these planets and moon will be around for thousands of years after we become dust, so, the next time your out side at night and you think about it, look up check out how close Mars is in real time, Which reminds me of a very serious Air Force Major named Kehoe who rightly claimed that there was always a spike in UFO activity when Mars came on close approach to the earth. Have a blessed month of Sept!

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I was spending some quiet time at home last night