Thursday, September 07, 2006

La Lune

Besides today being Brazilian Independence Day, my parents' 37th wedding anniversary (Happy anniversary!), and the Holy Day of Nanímo (God of Anger, Martian calendar only), today also has a full moon, a lunar eclipse, a perigee, and the moon occulting Uranus.

The eclipse is starting soon, peaking at 9:45 or so PDT, so nobody in the Western Hemisphere will be able to see it. Perigee means that the moon is at its closest point to Earth in its orbit this month, so it should look really big. The occultation of Uranus will only be visible (*not* be visible?) from Australia and environs. But if you have a telescope in the US, you should be able to spot Uranus just beside the moon tonight. And if you can't, you better return your Astronomy merit badge.


Anonymous said...

Thanks Mark. :)

Love, Mom

mamurd said...

Happy Anniversary, Mom & Dad!