February 2, 2014
Good morning. It's 5:45 am and I'm still at work. Mrs behaved so well last night. Thank goodness because I haven't been here at work for quite some time. I probably could have used a couple more weeks at home but you know how it is. I've been getting so bored being cooped up indoors, plus the bills do keep coming in.
God bless those bills. They are like the Postal Service used to be. "Come rain or shine, we will get through." Well, the rest of the mail may not live up to its motto, but the bills sure do. I guess the plus side of this is "I'm thankful to be here to have these bills."
Folks, last night all the way to work there was this most amazing moon in the sky just ahead of me. It was big and round and black, and only a sliver on the bottom and up the right side a little was showing. I don't think I've ever seen the sliver on the bottom, and I could not wait to get to work and take some photos of this incredible moon.
Well, guess what? The moon was not visible from work. What else is new? There was a lot of cloud cover and all that was visible was a couple of stars. I did take some photos of the brightest one. I Googled to see which comet this is, and the best I can come up with is Venus. (or maybe Mercury?) This is my photo. I had the zoom all the way out.
I also looked up (on Google) the phenomenal moon that I saw, and came up with some fabulous photos taken by someone else. (Bob King) It also gave me an explanation for the crescent on the bottom that I had seen. These are just like the moon that I saw on my way to work last night.
These two photos were taken in Duluth, Minnesota. In the first photo, the moon sets over Duluth's Spirit Mountain ski hills where many of the runs were lit up. The darkly lit moon is explained by light reflected off Earth and out to the moon, where it is reflected back again to our eyes. (Bob King)
In the second photo, the wafer thin crescent moon is alongside Mercury over the Duluth, MN - Superior, WI area during twilight. The planet was visible for more than 1 hour and 15 minutes after sunset. (Bob King) You can learn more at: http://astrobob.areavoices.com/#sthash.D54Ywrn7.dpuf
So I guess what I saw was Mercury passing the moon? I'm not really sure but it sure was different. I just wish I had been able to get some photos. I just looked out again because the sky is getting light now, but it is still filled with cloud cover. Oh well.
It's time now for me to check on the Mrs again and then start to pack up my stuff to head home. So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fabulous day.
Hugs, Edna B.