The Friday the Thirteenth Harvest Moon in this Month of Sepetember in the Year 2019

 

ISO 300, 1/500 exp, f/9, 300mm lens

They call it Harvest
Unlucky superstition
Same Moon as always

Botanic Moon

Moon on August 5th, 2019

Through warm Summer haze
Trees keep vigil in moonlight
Even though we don’t

Forgotten Mars


Little red light always in the night sky
Shines at opposition, despite your size
Rivaling Venus, Moon when you trek by
Lest we forget as you fade before rise

Passed so close to Earth in twenty-eighteen
I watched you for months, awaiting to see
What would reveal upon your radiant sheen
Snapped many pictures of you in my glee

Yet as the months went by your brightness passed
Glowing dimmer into the sea of stars
And lo, ashamed my interest waned fast
Forgot my pictures of you, jewel Mars

Today, I make amends and recollect
Enjoy these views, delayed by my neglect

A Day for the Moon

The Moon as seen in the early evening of Thursday, July 11th, 2019.

Farther than it seems
World above marks our limits
Touched by Man six times

The Stranded Stargazer

When there is nothing but gray, day and night
As layers of dark clouds canvas the sky
I recall how I would ponder and write
About what’s seen from the telescope’s eye

For with a clear sky you can catch the Moon
Or observe planets, like Venus and Mars
And with telescope, find distant Neptune
Among the constellations drawn from stars

But rude Winter cloaks all that shines above
First by snow, then sleet, then widening frost
Denying this stranded stargazer’s love
To remain indoors dreaming of nights lost

Yet Winter will not always reign as king
I shall see Orion at start of Spring

A View from My Early Morning Commute

My train rushes by
Streetlights below glare upward
It’s light pollution

Thanks Everyone for Giving Me My Moon Back

Young waxing Moon on August 23rd, 2017.

Eclipse forgotten
No crowds, no press, no bother
It’s my Moon again

An Astronomer Laments Smartphone Zombies

They always look down
Too engrossed in their small worlds
They never look up

Summary of My Stargazing Nights Most of This Week

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Telescope goes out
Sudden clouds herald more rain
Telescope comes in