Should I Leave Early?
Copyrighted by Lorna Tedder. Originally published in Third Degree Ebb and Flow.
Crescent Â moons Â always Â speak Â of Â new Â beginnings. Something special Â is Â happening Â between Â now Â and Â the 29th of October, but I donâ€™t know what.
The Orionid meteor shower is still going through the 29th, with the maximum already past. But thatâ€™s not the clue. No, Â thatâ€™s Â just gravy, if you remember the suggestion to â€œGaze upon the darkness to better see the stars.â€
The crescent moon and a star. Itâ€™s too early to spot the star yet. The moon is barely visible.
According to the almanac: The Moon is so far south that, when one day old on the 23rd, it sets before the Sun; the two-day-old Moon is equally impossible to see. These are the lowest, hardest-to-see crescent Moons in 18 years.
It may be the hardest to see in 18 years, but if youâ€™re looking, you can find it and let it take your breath way.
Tonight, itâ€™s a beautiful, thin sliver above the sunset. By Sunday, it will have waxed to First Quarter.
The star? Jupiter? Â Antares? Â The Moon passes 5 degrees south of Jupiter on the 24th and 0.4 degrees south of Antares on the 25th. I couldnâ€™t see Jupiter in the glow of the setting sun tonight. Maybe tomorrow night, Iâ€™ll see Antares. Or Jupiter and Mercury Â together, Â about Â 6 PM Eastern. It should be a nice show.
Come to think of it, maybe Iâ€™ll head down to Camp Ocala tomorrow night in time to see the show.
After Â that, Â the Â next Â bit Â of Â lovelinessÂ Â will Â be Â the Hunterâ€™s Â Moon Â on Â the Â following Â weekend. Â Maybe Â Iâ€™ll catch something wild.