In Honor of the Women, Men, and Animals that Served Our Country

This will be the only post for today. Please light a candle in memory of the people and animals who have died over the centuries to keep the restof of us safe.

I ask you to not only remember the brave men, women, and animals that served in the USA armed forces but also their family and friends. Remember to the men, women, animals, family, and friends of those who gave their life in the line of duty as a First Responder.

May those who remember rest peacefully in the Summerlands.

May their family and friends find comfort and support to help ease their grief.

So mote it be.

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The Sky This Week from May 24 to June 2

By Richard Talcott  |  Published: Friday, May 24, 2019

Jupiter’s largest moon seemingly disappears as it slides into the giant planet’s shadow to start the week, while a waning crescent Moon passes near Venus to wrap it up.

Head outside late this evening and you can’t miss Jupiter. The giant planet rises before 10 p.m. local daylight time and climbs highest in the south around 2 a.m. Jupiter shines at magnitude –2.6, which makes it the brightest point of light in the sky until Venus rises in morning twilight. The planet currently resides among the much dimmer background stars of the constellation Ophiuchus the Serpent-bearer. A telescope reveals dramatic cloud features on the gas giant’s 46″-diameter disk as well as the four bright Galilean moons. And tonight provides a rare opportunity to see the solar system’s largest satellite disappear. As Jupiter rises, Ganymede appears west of the planet. If you keep watching, however, you’ll see the moon slowly fade from view. At 1:41 a.m. EDT, Ganymede starts to enter Jupiter’s shadow while it is still 16″ from the planet’s limb. The moon is so big that it takes 14 minutes to disappear completely.

Saturday, May 25
Binoculars open a world of wonders invisible to the naked eye. Did you realize you could see several galaxies without resorting to a telescope? One of the spring sky’s best is the Blackeye Galaxy (M64) in Coma Berenices. This constellation stands high in the south once darkness falls. The 8th-magnitude spiral galaxy appears about 1° northeast of the 5th-magnitude star 35 Comae Berenices. M64 is barely in range of 50mm binoculars under a dark sky, although you’ll need 80mm or larger binocs or a telescope to spot the dark dust lane that gives the galaxy its “black eye.”

Sunday, May 26
Last Quarter Moon occurs at 12:34 p.m. EDT. When it rises around 2:30 a.m. local daylight time tomorrow morning, it will appear slightly less than half-lit. Earth’s only natural satellite then appears against the background stars of Aquarius the Water-bearer

For the rest of this week click on this link: This Week’s SKy