Take a break from the current zeitgeist, if you will, and see some of what can be seen in January 2014 night sky. Also, given that the moon is just coming out of being dark (total conjunction with the sun), the Milky Way overhead is about as bright as I’ve ever seen it, and as inspirational as it can be.
Orion, one of my favorite winter constellations, is just to the east and a bit south of the Pleiades. Jupiter just rose over the La Plata Peaks to the northeast of us (about 5:45 pm, MST), and soon Castor and Pollux (the Gemini Twins) will show themselves.
The Hubble Space Telescope astronomers have assembled a portrait of its deepest ever view of the Universe. This new “eXtreme Deep Field” (XDF) was assembled by combining ten years worth of Hubble Space Telescope observations -taken of a patch of sky within the original Hubble Ultra Deep Field. The entire XDF view is only a small fraction of the angular diameter of the full moon.
Imagine that on this New Year’s eve, or even tomorrow, you were able to swing a leg over the waxing crescent moon, lean back, and see the earth from there…
Sung by Nanci Griffith – written by Julie Gold – featuring pages from Jane Ray’s beautifully illustrated book:
The night sky can offer some magnificent perspective to our every day human life hope, fears, and our self-referencing perceptions of Life, can’t it? Surely we can help to create a better world in 2014.