Halley Came to Jackson

   The other day I posted about Comet Lovejoy and its proximity to the Keystone of Hercules. This morning color me frustrated! My opportunity for getting any pictures of Comet Lovejoy have vaporized! The past couple of mornings have been cloudy or hazy which is somewhat normal for this time of year, but adding to my astro-misery is the Moon, now at full phase, lighting up the sky from the west while the Sun, not quite up, is already making the eastern skies too bright to see the Keystone stars of Hercules let alone the much dimmer Comet Lovejoy.

Click on picture to see it full size.

Click on picture to see it full size.

   So as a sort of consolation here is a picture from a Science Educator colleague from Tucson AZ who takes many of his pictures from Kitt Peak where the skies are much darker and clearer than around here in west-central Missouri. Be sure to visit Robert Sparks at his Flickr pages to see more of his pictures of celestial objects.

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Below is a wonderful video and song by Mary Chapin Carpenter about Comet Halley to brighten our day!

Caution: Objects viewed with an optical aid are further than they appear.
   Click here to go to the Qué tal in the Current Skies web site for more observing information for this month.

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