Should I Leave Early?
Copyrighted by Lorna Tedder. Originally published in Third Degree Ebb and Flow.
Crescent moons always speak of new beginnings. Something special is happening between now and the 29th of October, but I don’t know what.
The Orionid meteor shower is still going through the 29th, with the maximum already past. But that’s not the clue. No, that’s just gravy, if you remember the suggestion to “Gaze upon the darkness to better see the stars.”
The crescent moon and a star. It’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 you’re looking, you can find it and let it take your breath way.
Tonight, it’s a beautiful, thin sliver above the sunset. By Sunday, it will have waxed to First Quarter.
The star? Jupiter? Antares? The Moon passes 5 degrees south of Jupiter on the 24th and 0.4 degrees south of Antares on the 25th. I couldn’t see Jupiter in the glow of the setting sun tonight. Maybe tomorrow night, I’ll see Antares. Or Jupiter and Mercury together, about 6 PM Eastern. It should be a nice show.
Come to think of it, maybe I’ll head down to Camp Ocala tomorrow night in time to see the show.
After that, the next bit of loveliness will be the Hunter’s Moon on the following weekend. Maybe I’ll catch something wild.