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Cloudy, snowy weather, not promising for astronomy, so here’s a September photo of the Moon at about the same phase as the current phase for 12-1-11:

8:12 PM CDT September 3, 2011 (1:12 UT 9-4-11), 8″ reflector telescope, 25mm eyepiece. The crater Aristoteles lies on the terminator towards the north. Due to a favorable libration, the aptly named Mare Marginis (“Sea of the Edge”) may be seen obliquely but clearly along the edge or “limb” of the Moon east of Mare Crisium (Sea of Crises), with Mare Smythii (“the Sea of Smyth”) also along the edge to the south. Mare Undarum (“Sea of Waves”) is the spotty patch to the southeast of Mare Crisium.

More fun with the toy microscope:

The date on a dime, magnified 30 times. Yes, a 2005 dime. Kinda reminds me of the title card for the “Lord of the Rings” films.

Below, a room in the manufacturing plant where I work has a painted floor with several worn patches, including this one:

In the “peninsula” just to the left of center, does anyone besides me see the face of a glamorous young woman with lots of lipstick, winking her right eye? The technical term for this type of thing is pareidolia.


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Cell phone camera + toy microscope = a new adventure that’s only just beginning:

Above: Pure Cane Sugar
Below: Iodized Table Salt

Both magnified 75x with Lionel toy microscope.

The Christmas lights are lit on Broadway once again:

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Many must have seen the lovely, thin waxing crescent Moon this evening, as I’ve had many hits from people looking for 11-27-11 Moon photos. Alas, I have none. It was cloudy most of the day, and when it cleared off in the evening, I had just one beautiful glimpse of it minutes before moonset, through the panoramic picture window of a loved-one’s hospital room; but only a glimpse, because I was not there to gaze out the window.

Being eager to please, I’ll offer this hazy-but-passable shot of the Moon at the same illumination (11%) at 9:48 PM CDT 6-4-11 (2:48 UT 6-5-11):

Io zips around Jupiter in only 1.77 Earth day, Europa in 3.55; Ganymede orbits in 7.16 Earth days, and Callisto in 16.69. Thus Io does the most disappearing and reappearing, though they all do it from time to time:

Above: 10:15 CST 11-27-11 (4:15 UT 11-28-11). Left to Right: Ganymede, Europa, Jupiter, Callisto.
Below: Exactly one hour later at 11:15 CST, Io has popped out of Jupiter’s shadow. Left to Right: Ganymede, Europa, Io, Jupiter, Callisto.

All with 8″ reflector telescope and 25mm eyepiece.

“And now for something completely different,” just this very evening I’ve expanded my horizons to include Inner Space as well as Outer Space:

A dash of Real Salt, magnified thirty times with this old Lionel toy microscope that I’ve had for eons:

All with my usual LG VX8360 cell phone camera. Click for larger view.

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