23 September 2010

A Little Backyard Astronomy

I don't know if you've noticed, but the past couple of nights there have been amazing views of the moon. Really beautiful!

Two nights ago we got out our little amateur telescope~that we think is just too much fun!~ and took in the sight with the kiddos.

It's always so cool to see the moon up closer and SO big! The kids love to check it out.

Then just last night I read about something very cool. It was the first time in almost 20 years (since 1991) that the full moon~the Harvest Moon~rose at 100% illumination directly on the Autumnal Equinox. It won't happen again until 2029.

So we hurried and gathered our cameras and headed out to watch the sun set and the moon rise!

The sunset was really colorful and gorgeous, in the West.

It always amazes me how quickly it sinks!

At the same time, the full Harvest Moon was rising in the East.

Look at that surface! It's so clear!

Later on after the kiddos were tucked in and sound asleep, Vince and I went back outside in the backyard to gaze at the moon some more.

We took the telescope and found Jupiter (that little dot below the moon that looks like a star). That was so amazing to look at, even through a low-powered scope.

This was all even more interesting to us since we are in the middle of our astronomy study for our homeschool science.

What a wonderful world we are blessed to live in!

The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

Psalm 19:1

This post is linked to The Homeschool Village.


Storybook Woods said...

It was way to foggy here to see the moon, I was so sad. It looks like you had fun xoxo Clarice

Anonymous said...

What beautiful pictures!! I love taking pictures of the sky, moon, sunsets. They are all so peaceful.

Deb said...

Well, I noticed that the moon seemed really bright and woke me up the other night. I was cranky about it. Does that count as noticing?

I wish I would've known about the sunset/moonrise, though - we would have taken the kids out to watch too.

Dorie said...

Lovely photographs! Sounds like a great night for observing God's amazing creation!

Lindsey said...

Thanks for sharing! At 4am, I woke up feeling like someone was shining a flashlight in my face. The moon was so incredibly bright, it lit up my entire room and was peaking through the blinds to make me question if it was even the moon! My husband and I went to investigate outside because I insisted it was a tower with a bright light or something other than the moon because I've never seen it so bright. It was AMAZING. Thanks for sharing your pictures of this!

Ellen said...

Great photos and wonderful post! We'd noticed how big and bright the moon looks; but where we live, there are so many trees and an undulating landscape that it's hard to see the complete sunset and moonrise. So we appreciated your photos!

Jolanthe said...

oooo...this reminds me that we should take our telescope tomorrow when we go camping!! :) yeah!!