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One thing you can say about a Cabin, Cottage, or a Lake Home is there's usually a perfect night sky without the pollution of a city's glow. One of the benefits of that perfect night sky is star gazing !! A beautiful sight will occur this month. Hopefully with clear skies in your neck of the woods you will see a total of five planets above your piece of paradise. Venus and Mercury will be a familiar sight after sunset. Jupiter will be very visible as well but, in the evening on March 13th. the two brightest planets Venus and Jupiter appear right besides each other in the sky. Mars will be particularly brilliant throughout March as the Earth passes between Mars and the Sun.Saturn makes an appearance later in the evening. Watch for it in the east around 9-10pm. I would have to say the more remote your location the clearer the visibility the better the viewing. So take advantage of the mild tempertures to get outside and enjoy natures beauty.
how was your weather for last night?
I wasn't able to get away from the city to the lake to see and we had rain anyway.
No complaints from the lake clear and mild weather. This is rare in my part of the planet, can't tell you hom many aurora borealis, meteor showers and eclipses we miss due to cloud cover and rain But every so often like last night we get lucky and are treated to a true spectacle. Not as breath taking as the Hale Bopp Comet, or Haleys Comet which wont return till 2061, But still no complaints. I remember watching the ISS (International Space Station) and ofcourse Skylab way back hen in the night sky, I will throw this hint out to those who may understand. If you watch the night sky enough you just might get the surprise of a lifetime.
I had the opportunity to speak with a high ranking NASA official during a presentation he was giving. His mistake was his willingness to take questions and comments from the audience. I was present with a certain group and most of the audience was glorifying the space program, America's landing on the moon etc. My turn..... Sir, I am just curious why a governmental agency supported wholey by tax dollars continues to lie and deceive the american public!!!! I continued by asking why NASA is synonomous with Never A Straight Answer ? His response or should I say lack of was interesting.
Food for thought..... http://youtu.be/RFsSKCax2CY
Sky Watchers, Another Celestial Beauty .....
Lyrid Meteor Shower To Peak Tonight (April 21)
Unfortunately A Bright Moon May Make Visibility Difficult
The Lyrid occurs each year in mid-April when the Earth passes through a trail of dusty debris from the Comet Thatcher (C/1861 G1), which orbits the sun once every 415 years. Humans have been observing this particular meteor shower for at least 2,600 years.
Typically, the Lyrid meteor shower is a relatively faint stargazing event, though observers with clear dark skies away from city lights can usually spot up to 15 or 20 meteors an hour. The meteors appear to radiate out of the constellation Lyra.
Meteor Shower Thanks To Halley's Comet
The annual Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower will peak Sunday night May 5th and if you are lucky enough to have clear dark skies you are in for a treat !!! Lay on a sleeping bag, lawn chair , or your favorite blanket and look at the full night sky to be amazed by natures amazing sky show. Though Haley's comet will not be visible again till 2061 it provides this yearly reminder to us that it is still out there awaiting its return to our night sky.
Cabin, Cottage and Lake House Owners Love The Night Sky
May 24 to 30: Dance of the Planets
Mercury, Venus and Jupiter will provide a fascinating show low in the west-northwest twilight sky soon after sunset. They will seemingly shuffle around each other, changing their positions noticeably from one evening to the next. The two brightest planets, Venus and Jupiter will be separated by just over 1 degree on May 28, with Venus passing to the northwest (upper right) of Jupiter and shining more than six times brighter than Jupiter
Grab the kids, the wife and a blanket !! What better way to enjoy the great outdoors than to enjoy natures miracles in the night sky.
When night falls look up , you may get the surprise of your life !!
Below Witness the Dance of The Planets ...
We are rich beyond compare , with what nature gives us for free year after year.
I have always appreciated my surroundings immensely and inspire those I know to do the same.
Continue to enjoy Life's Daily Miracles.
Myths That Exist !!
Many of us have heard that there is a Dark Side to The Moon . While on any given day this is true of the Earth it is also true of the Moon. Half our planet experiences day while night occurs on the other half. Because the Earth and Moon rotate (spin), some areas are moving into sunlight as different areas move into darkness. Earth rotates once a day, while the Moon takes 27.3 days to spin once. So when someone mentions that there is a Dark Side of The Moon , unless they are speaking of The Pink Floyd Album, you will know the truth.
Meteors During A Summer's Night Brings Smiles To Children and Adults Alike !!
Cabin Life has many wonders and activities. We all enjoy biking, hiking, boating, swimming, skiing and even tubing. But after a fun filled day and a full stomach of steaks , burgers, hot fogs and smores what better way to enjoy your night than to watch a meteor shower while sitting at the camp fire. July gives you yet another opportunity to do so......
Delta Auarids Meteor Shower — July 27-28, 2013
The Delta Aquarids is a shower that can produce up to 20 meteors per hour during peak. It is produced by debris left behind by comets Marsden and Kracht. The shower runs from July 12 to August 23. It peaks this year on July 27 and morning of July 28. The second quarter moon will block out most of the faint meteors, but you should still be able to catch quite a few good ones if you are patient. The best time to view will be after midnight from your favorite cabin location.
Keep in mind July is and always will be a landmark for history thanks to Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins though only two actually landed on the moon all three were imperative to the mission as were the countless others associated with NASA and the Moon Mission.
History is made.......
Man Lands and Walks On The Moon
Do You Remember When ?
July 20th 1969
One small step for a man, One giant leap for mankind"
Without question the most famous of all meteor showers is "The Perseids". Consistently an impressive display and due to its summertime appearance it is perfect while enjoying a summers night on a lake, mountain, or secluded area away from those bright city lights. As kids we called meteors "shooting stars" and enjoyed watching them streak through the night sky. The enthusiasm continues for many of us far into adulthood.
You can start seeing Perseid meteors as early as July 23, when one meteor every hour or so could be visible. Over the next three weeks, the number of meteors visible will increase.Viewing five meteors per hour at the beginning of August and as many as 15 per hour by August 10. The Perseids rapidly increase to a peak of 50-80 meteors per hour by the night of August 12/13. On very rare occasions seeing as many as 100 - 120 have been reported. Unfortunately they rapidly decline to about 10 per hour by August 15. The last night meteors are likely to be seen from this shower is August 22, when an observer might see a meteor every hour.
I hope you can find some time to look up and see one of natures daily miracles.
International Observe The Moon Night
October 12th, 2013
International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN) is an annual event that is dedicated to encouraging people to ‘look up’ and take notice of our nearest neighbor, the Moon. From looking at the Moon with a naked eye to using the most sensitive telescope, every year on the same day, people from around the world hold events and activities that celebrate our Moon
Our moon is the fifth largest moon in our solar system, it has been a focal point of mankind from the beginning of time. As the second brightest object in our sky it has captivated our imagination and motivated us to land on its surface. The moon continues to amaze us.