Goose Moon II – More Goose, Less Moon, Cameos, All Sequel!

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September 26th, 2019, 06:57 a.m. local time

A post so awesome, it deserves a sequel!

Last year we brought you Goose Moon, a powerful albeit random image of migratory geese flying past the daytime Moon.  One year later, the geese are back, and probably in greater numbers than ever before!

Some sequels are worth the effort.  A few are even better than the original.  Many sequels just keep going and going as owners continue their trek to squeeze ever more money out of them (reference Star Wars).  But before we reach Goose Moon IX, let’s check out today’s image, which occurred much along the same lines as last year’s original production.

With a clear sky to the East, I wanted to take a few quick snaps, to later try to find the late Waning Moon just past Sunrise within the images.  As I was taking pictures, something most unexpected happened, as a flock of geese flew by.  I kept “filming,” taking more pictures, realizing that a sequel was about to be born.

Unlike last year’s Goose Moon, this is a smartphone image, whereas the original was via a DSLR camera on tripod, as a planned shot (though there was no planning for the geese).  The Moon was in a very different phase as well.

Here we see far more geese as they flew into the East.  I wonder where they were going?

If you’re having trouble finding the Moon, look towards the top of the image.  Still cannot find it?  Here is a closeup hint:

Yes, this is about as small of a Waning Crescent that you could find, especially after daybreak.

And no sequel is complete without new characters.  Most prominent is the Sun, which you can see easily at the bottom.  There is also a lurking cameo of Mars, above the Sun, but it cannot be seen.  Likely, if this picture were taken via a digital camera on tripod with a decent lens, Mars could have been extracted from a raw digital image.

If you enjoyed this sequel, be sure to leave a review!  And don’t forget to stop by in 2020 for Goose Moon III: Rise of the Gas Giants.

NEWS: Moon Seen in Daylight

Contrary to popular belief, the Moon (upper left) can sometimes be seen in daytime.

BRIGHTVILLE, ILLINOIS – After concerned citizens reported a UFO in the low Western sky, the apparent same object was spotted late in the afternoon the following day.

The previously unidentified object, known as the Moon, was seen last Friday in the hour before sunset and shortly thereafter.

While most people paid little heed to the event, some Brightville residents did report their sightings to the Illinois Department of Illumination.

“We’ve had motorists and pedestrians calling our office to report seeing the object for a second day,” said an IDOI spokestalker.  “Though it appeared slightly larger in the sky than last night, we do still firmly believe it is the Moon again.”

Though the Moon is a natural and predictable sight, it is nonetheless not approved to appear in Illinois skies.

As IDOI explains, “To date, nobody has yet filled out the necessary paperwork or filed a license application for the Moon to appear in our skies like it does.”

The unlicensed Moon sightings have fueled assertions from the Nighttime Lighting Association to increase the number of streetlights throughout the state.  The rational is that more artificial outdoor lighting will make it difficult to impossible to see any objects in the sky, day or night.

Though the NLA was unavailable for comment, the organization’s website says they are, “committed to the propagation of street lamps, spotlights, and high-intensity outdoor home bulbs so that we’ll never see the dark of night again.”

Critics of the NLA’s position believe that it unnecessarily harms natural night environments by contributing to light pollution.

BREAKING NEWS: Moon Visible Despite Excessive Light

Experts acknowledged that the object (lower-left center) witnessed by several persons is known as the Moon.

BRIGHTVILLE, ILLINOIS – The Earth’s only natural satellite made a surprise appearance in the sky yesterday evening, alarming the few onlookers who happened to noticed its thin crescent near the Western horizon.

Sources confirmed that the Moon may have been visible for a limited time on Thursday, until about an hour after sunset.  It appeared as what astronomers call a Waxing Crescent, since each night there will more of its disc visible, until it reaches its Full phase on the 31st of January.

“I was walking to my car in the parking lot after work and, you know, just happened to see something in the sky that wasn’t an airplane,” said one anonymous blogger.  “It’s so hard to see anything up there with all these lights.”

Though the appearance of the Moon is not typically a concern to most people, Illinois has taken aggressive steps in recent years to illuminate its night sky more.  In particular, the installation of new ultra-bright LED lights along the state’s streets and tollways have greatly contributed to what critics call “light pollution.”

“We received many reports from concerned motorists about a curved-shape UFO low in the sky,” said an Illinois Department of Illumination spokesperson.  “After review with top meteorogical experts, we are confident the object was indeed the Moon.

“Understanding the anxiety this event caused, rest assured that we will be looking to install even more high-powered LEDs throughout our roadways.  We simply cannot have our motorists distracted by objects appearing in the sky from nowhere without official approval.”

Due largely to the Chicago region, Illinois has one of the highest Bortle scale ratings on the planet.

“Our goal, and the goal of every Illinois citizen, is to achieve the highest Bortle scale rating in the country and throughout the world.”

Illinois authorities warn that in areas without cloud cover, the Moon may be more visible and brighter every night for the next ten days.

What an Ugly and Depressing Sky…

March 18th, 2017, 7:30 p.m. local time

This is my sky right now.  Everything above me looks like this.  Not a pinhole anywhere.  No relief to be seen from the distant West.  And these are not storm clouds.  They are more like a proverbial middle finger given to stargazers on what could otherwise be a pleasant Saturday evening of observation.

So no crescent Venus tonight.  No searching for Mercury.  No late-season Orion.  No Sirius.  No falling Cassiopeia pointing to the ever-so-faint Andromeda Galaxy.  No Big Bear.  No Little Bear.  No Aldebaran.  No star clusters in Auriga.  No Gemini.  No early morning Waning Moon.  No Spica.  No Jupiter.

Yet many radiating objects are emerging as the day settles.  Perhaps I will stroll through my neighborhood and observe the wonders of every house’s lit porch, three for five times over.  Then perhaps I will begin keeping a log of all these incredible illuminations.  I may even then, if I so fancy, name each one, noting their colors and brightness.  I will conclude my studies by developing a new field of quantum physics to explain what each of those lights are.