Making the Most of Moon Mania

Greetings subscribers and random Internet visitors alike.  If you have been following my blog for the past several months, you probably noticed that the Moon has been my primary topic.  With the bright planets currently in the morning hours (see below), coupled with generally lousy Late Winter and Early Spring weather, the Moon became my easiest target this season.  My coverage accumulated with the Lunar Eclipse last week.

But I wrote about a few non-astronomy topics as well.  With the help of my LinkedIn readers, we identified a hawk in the neighborhood.  And separately, I continued my series on how I set up my website and blog.

With Summer around the corner, I plan to continue bring more articles to this blog on these topics and others.  Thanks again for stopping by, and please always feel free to leave a comment on any article that interests you!

In the Sky, June 2022

If you are a (mostly) night sky viewer like me, we are currently out of "planet season."  The bright planets of Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn are all still morning planets in early June.  However, Saturn will finally start peeking over the East horizon shortly after midnight, and will return for evening viewing soon, followed by Jupiter.

As for Constellations in the Northern Hemisphere, Leo is still visible in the evenings, and Ursa Major/The Big Dipper will be high overhead.  If I had to pick one highlight for the late Spring sky, it would be Coma Berenices.  Sometimes referred to as the tail of Leo the Lion, following Leo from behind East to West, it is a magnificent cluster of stars best appreciated with binoculars.

See In the Sky for my upcoming astronomy trackers.

Recent Articles

Choosing or Self-Hosting | Paul Stephen’s Journal
As part of my series on how I created my website, this article focuses on why I went with self-hosting over a hosting service.
Late-Winter Moon, March 2022 | Paul Stephen’s Journal
Weather conditions and my availability aligned perfectly tonight to take this picture of the Moon from my telescope.
Only One Target in the Sky | Paul Stephen’s Journal
When the Moon approaches Full, for better or worse, it becomes the only practical night sky object to photograph.
Can You Identify This Bird of Prey? | Paul Stephen’s Journal
Can you help me identify this bird? For years, I have been tracking it, and recently was able to photograph the creature. Read more at my blog!
Moon and Copernicus Crater | Paul Stephen’s Journal
Tonight’s telescope session nearly did not happen. Clouds rolled in fast. I did manage literally one good shot of the Moon, featuring a crater.
Fowl-up On Hawk Tracking | Paul Stephen’s Journal
The flight is over, and this tail has roosted. Hoot have thought, turkey was chirped by my feather readers. Owl explained at my blog!
My First Lightning Capture | Paul Stephen’s Journal
This weekend presented my first opportunity to finally attempt photographing lightning. I captured on the first very image.
How I Set Up My Blog’s Hostname/DNS | Paul Stephen’s Journal
An early setup task for my blog was registering and configuring my domain. This article explains the key steps.
Waxing Crescent Moon, May 2022 | Paul Stephen’s Journal
After what felt like months, the skies finally opened from the continual murky overcast, to reveal the Sun at day at the Moon at evening.
Late Gibbous Moon, May 2022 | Paul Stephen’s Journal
Take sky viewing opportunities when you can. Tonight’s incredibly warm Spring temps and clear night were ideal for imaging the Moon.
Preparation for Bad Eclipse Weather | Paul Stephen’s Journal
The weather forecast looks very bad for Sunday’s Lunar Eclipse. In preparation, I adjusted my telescope setup, as explained at my blog.
May 2022 Lunar Eclipse | Paul Stephen’s Journal
Early Saturday evening, I doubted I would see the Lunar Eclipse. But the clouds broke close to midnight. At my blog is my full account.