March 5th, 2017, 7:30 p.m. local time

High above, as the clouds rolled in tonight, the Moon tried to hold on with its building brightness.  For a while, it shone as the only object in the sky.  But by an hour later, the limits of the Moon’s current powers were reached, the night swamped by dark clouds, the telltale sign that no stargazing will happen this evening.

If you zoom in on this image, you can see that I captured a bit of surface maria.  Incredible for just a smartphone.