At 12.53 in this Youtube video
, you can hear a young boy shouting: I can see sky!!! Stars!!![/size]
That was me this morning! I could see sky!!! Stars!!! All the stars at once! And I saw Mars and Regulus
No big deal, you think? That's because you haven't seen our night skies here in southern Sweden in November. We've had a ton of overcast skies! A mile of them! A gigahertz of them! A light-year of them!!!
But this morning I could see sky!!!! Stars!!!
On November 16, I made the post I'm quoting here. It's been two weeks since then, and this is what I've seen in the sky since then: A bleary Moon peering through clouds twice. The handle of the Big Dipper between clouds one morning. And yesterday, one and a half hours after sunset, as I was cycling home after work, I saw Jupiter shining brightly. After a little searching I saw the Summer Triangle high in the sky. Vega looked nice. But try as I might, I couldn't find the Big Dipper. I stopped where two streetlamps had gone out, which provided some relief from the light pollution. I also had a good view of the sky to the north. And there, finally, was the Big Dipper, and also Polaris. But would you believe I couldn't see Dubhe?
As I got inside, I found Capella from my kitchen window, looking east. Capella looked puny for such a bright star. Farther to the south was a yellow-orange star, and I brought out my binoculars to see if it was Betelgeuse or Aldebaran. My binoculars revealed the Hyades next to the star and thus identified Aldebaran. But try as I might, I couldn't find the Pleiades.
So the seeing was rather horrible last night, but at least we had some
seeing. For most of the past two weeks, the sky has been completely overcast, or else we've been drowning in fog. I've cycled to to the train station and had fog settle on my glasses so that I could barely see. And a few days ago there was a pile-up on one of the major roads here in Skåne, due to the very thick fog.
November. Gaahh. For several years, I've been trying to see a Leonid. I've never seen a single one, because it's always been completely overcast when the Leonids were due.
I'd tell you that I hate November, if I didn't hate January and February so much more. (I can forgive December for being so cold and dark because of the festive feeling of that month.) But January is as dark as November and much colder, and in January we usually have snow
. And if we don't have snow in January, we are sure to get it in February. I HATE SNOW!!!
But I think owlice has said that she likes snow, so I'll post this owl for her. Maybe the owl hates the snow, but I think it looks kind of cosy.