Thursday, September 23, 2010

Fun Fall Facts

Happy Mabon, everyone. This is the first harvest celebration (in the Northern Hemisphere), the Feast of Ingathering. Give thanks for the fruits of the earth today. Light and dark are equal on this day but from now on the darkness begins to grow. The earth moves into its cycle of sleep. Use the coming months for meditation, thought, reorganization and planning.

For those of you in the Southern Hemisphere, it is the start of Spring. The light begins to grow as does the Earth. It’s time to use the energy you’ve stored all Winter.

This is a special Autumnal Equinox. It was officially at 11.09 PM on Wednesday, September 22, 2010 in my neck of the woods (New Jersey, USA.)

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[south west from my house on September 23, 2010 at 6 AM - Jupiter is below and to the left of the moon]

Looking in the night sky you will see the Harvest Moon (the first full moon of Fall) and Jupiter in opposition.


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[south west from my house on September 23, 2010 at 6 AM - Jupiter is below and to the left of the moon]


This two day period will be the only time in my lifetime that I will be able to see the full moon and Jupiter’s all-night appearance at the same time on the Autumnal equinox.


10 comments:

  1. Nice astronomizing. Well done.

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  2. nice moon shots...and happy mabon!

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  3. Great shots of the moon and Jupiter! It is a special time in the skies! Hope you have a wonderful weekend, Nessa!

    Sylvia

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  4. Very interesting phenomenon of nature.

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  5. Wow, thanks for the pictures. Very cool. Now you have me wanting to see what I can see with my naked eye.
    By the way, Natalie Fischer answered your questions athttp://otherworlddiner.blogspot.com/2010/09/ask-agent-natalie-fischer.html. Please come and see.

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  6. Well can I call you Dr. Nessa now? I mean You must have gone and gotten your PHD in astronomy or some such...Beautiful photos and thanks for the info :)

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  7. For me, Fall is the time to dig in and write. The kids are finally in school and i can actually put two sentences together without being interrupted. I'm shooting for two new manuscripts this year.

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  8. I did know about the harvest moon, but not Jupiter. Interesting.

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  9. Oh dear, I hope this isn't catching! We sure don't need another holiday.
    After raising the minimum wage, and the recession and all, this one would surely do us in economically.
    ..

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