Tuesday, May 27, 2008

The Moon and Jupiter

With our lack of sunshine, the Moon can light up the
ice sheet, almost giving the appearance of daylight.
Our "Midday Moon" as Lynn likes to call it is a friendly
reminder of Sun, long gone from our sky. This year though,
it seems that the Moon has a companion. Jupiter and the
Moon seem to chase each other across the sky and with
some good binoculars, you can actually see four of Jupiter's
own moons; Ganymede, Callisto, Io, and Europa. A few years
ago, Mars was at it's closest distance in years to the Earth
and it was a friendly presence in our sky every day. This
year, Jupiter seems to have taken it's place.

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