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7:35 AM CST November 8, 2012 (13:35 UT), 8″ reflector telescope, 25mm eyepiece.

Meanwhile, at 7:52 AM this morning, the daisies are still in bloom. A few other blossoms seem to be just sitting there without the courage (or something) to open, but the “big three” continue to bloom boldly. Don’t you think they’re a nice shade of purple?

LG VX8360 cell phone camera. Click to enlarge.

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Clouds, clouds, and more clouds! I’m quite sure that the rest of the Solar System is still up there somewhere, but it’s nothing like being struck by a deadly, catastrophic hurricane, so I’m not complaining. If you’re affected, I hope and pray that the recovery is proceeding well. In the midst of the drippy cloudiness our deck daisies continue to bloom as of November 5:

Here are a couple of closeups of the Moon’s southwest quadrant, a week ago when the Moon was nearly full. The greatest amount of lunar surface detail can always be seen at and near the terminator, which is what astronomers call the edge of the illuminated side. The limb is what we call the visible edge of the the Moon as we see it, and when the Moon is close to the Full phase, that’s when we can see the most tantalizing detail close to the limb, since the terminator is reaching the limb. The detail in these photos turned out better than average, at least by my standards. The prominent rayed crater that makes the Moon look cantaloupe-like is Tycho:


Above: 9:21 PM CDT 10-28-12 (02:21 UT 10-29-12)
Below: Five minutes later at 9:26 PM. Both with 8″ reflector telescope, 25mm eyepiece, 2x Barlow, LG VX8360 cell phone camera. Click to enlarge.

In other news, British author Stuart Laycock has found that the British have invaded all but 22 of the world’s nations: British have invaded nine out of ten countries – so look out Luxembourg.

It would be interesting to see what countries the USA has invaded. I know of a few invasions that haven’t been widely publicized. Other countries, too – a number of countries have more history of military action than we’re often told.

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This daisy bloom was a pleasant surprise on our deck a week ago on October 22. Not many flowers bloom in Minnesota in October! More blooms have appeared since then, but this was the biggest and prettiest.


Last Thursday morning the 25th was very blustery, though nothing like what people out east are currently experiencing with Hurricane Sandy (if you’re affected, you’re in my prayers). These seagulls were flying into a strong headwind which made them practically stationary above the ground.

Meanwhile, Venus continues to recede from Earth as it races ahead in its faster orbit closer to the Sun. As of October 30, 2012, it is about 116 million miles from Earth (187 million km), and about 80% of the side facing Earth is illuminated, not conspicuously different from the top photo below, taken on October 12. It continues to beam in the eastern sky before dawn, balanced by bright Jupiter, which currently is in the western sky before sunrise. The next notable sight involving Venus will be a very close conjunction with Saturn, visible before dawn in the southeast on November 26 and 27, 2012.

1:12 PM CDT, October 12, 2012 (18:12 UT)
Angular diameter 14.69 arc seconds
74.6% illumination
Distance from Earth 105,565,517 miles (169,891,262 km)
2:00 PM CDT, September 21, 2012 (19:00 UT)
Angular diameter 16.83 arc seconds
67.3% illumination
Distance from Earth 92,101,088 miles (148,222,333 km)
8:26 AM CDT, September 10, 2012 (13:26 UT)
Angular diameter 18.36 arc seconds
62.7% illumination
Distance from Earth 84,452,528 miles (135,913,169 km)
10:17 AM CDT, September 4, 2012 (15:17 UT)
Angular diameter 19.31 arc seconds
60.1% illumination
Distance from Earth 80,311,754 miles (129,249,240 km)
1:15 PM CDT, August 21, 2012 (18:15 UT)
Angular diameter 22.02 arc seconds
53.5% illumination
Distance from Earth 70,401,199 miles (113,299,747 km)
7:36 AM CDT, August 13 2012 (12:36 UT)
Angular diameter 24.07 arc seconds
49.1% illumination
Distance from Earth 64,429,600 miles (103,689,390 km)
1:39 PM CDT, August 6, 2012 (18:39 UT)
Angular diameter 26.05 arc seconds
45.2% illumination
Distance from Earth 59,516,628 miles (95,782,727 km)
8:52 AM CDT July 30, 2012 (13:52 UT)
Angular diameter 28.56 arc seconds
40.6% illumination
Distance from Earth 54,298,771 miles (87,385,401 km)
5:49 AM CDT July 22, 2012 (10:49 UT)
Angular diameter 31.96 arc seconds
34.9% illumination
Distance from Earth 48,512,519 miles (78,073,332 km)
9:18 AM CDT July 13, 2012 (14:18 UT)
Angular diameter 36.52 arc seconds
27.9% illumination
Distance from Earth 42,450,876 miles (68,318,063 km)
11:56 AM CDT July 3, 2012 (16:56 UT)
Angular diameter 42.79 arc seconds
19.0% illumination
Distance from Earth 36,238,688 miles (58,320,514 km)
11:21 AM CDT June 27, 2012 (16:21 UT)
Angular diameter 47.07 arc seconds
13.4% illumination
Distance from Earth 32,940,927 miles (53,013,283 km)
8:38 AM CDT June 21, 2012 (13:38 UT)
Angular diameter 51.42 arc seconds
7.8% illumination
Distance from Earth 30,154,150 miles (48,528,401 km)
8:57 AM CDT June 12, 2012 (13:57 UT)
Angular diameter 56.46 arc seconds
1.6% illumination
Distance from Earth 27,463,558 miles (44,198,313 km)
7:33 PM CDT June 5, 2012 (00:33 UT June 6, 2012)
Angular diameter 57.78 arc seconds
0.0% illumination, transiting the Sun
Distance from Earth 26,836,379 miles (43,188,966 km)
Projection method with 60mm refractor telescope and 17mm eyepiece

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