Happy New Year. It’s Stephen Wolfing with some Sky news. Bright sky in Britain today offers the opportunity to view Venus under a thin crescent moon soon after sunset. Here’s what the One Minute Astronomerwebsite reported:
January Night Sky
2-3 Jan. A thin crescent Moon shares the southwestern sky with Venus after sunset. The planet is on its way to inferior conjunction on the 11th, lying roughly between the Earth and the Sun, so it appears in a telescope as a slender crescent more than 60″ across, larger than Jupiter.
The slender crescent Moon and Venus, along with the stars Altair and Vega, as seen looking west about 30 minutes after sunset on Jan 2, 2014.
If there’s a bright sky on January 24th you will be able to see a crescent moon waning, as well as Mars, Saturn and Venus.
Mars, the waning crescent Moon, Saturn, Venus, and the bright stars Spica and Antares as seen looking SSE on Jan. 24, 2014.
Moon Phases Explained
Wikipedia features clear explanations of the lunar phases. The waxing and waning times are seen oppositely in the Southern hemisphere, so when the northern is seeing the right of the moon, the southern is seeing the left.
Marc Latham’s latest Folding Mirror poem celebrates summer solstice in the northern hemisphere. Marc isn’t a practising pagan; he’s a perfect one (only joking).
So he wasn’t too bothered about celebrating the summer solstice, and especially as greenygrey weather dominated, but then he heard birdsong this morning, and that gave him the idea for this poem. Here it is:
Summer Solstice, Natural Celebration
I didn’t witness
at its latest
of what we now know
as a year
over land and water
in a different world
to what we know now
sensing ancestor spirit, experiencing living reality
but I did hear singing
of a special kind
from tree and sky
in the air
dawning in what we call
light of earliest
preceding prehistoric humanity
Marc Latham’s latest Folding Mirror poem celebrates Winter Solstice 2012 in the northern hemisphere, and the Summer Solstice in the southern hemisphere. Lighter days and summer and are now heading northwards, while darker days and winter are on their way south; to meet half way at the spring/autumn equinox in March. Hope you have a great Solstice, Christmas and whatever you celebrate; and holiday season.
The poem mirrors line for line (outer and outer etc) in the two halves more than the lines rhyming. Here it is:
Mid-Winter Rainbow’s Pot of Gold
dye me grey
winds chill down
ascended shortest day, midwinter peak fall
wardrobe coat den
grate my desire
Hi, it’s Michael Wolf, wonderful weatherperson at the Greenygrey. We’re blogging live from a super sunrise within an hour of our beloved bulk-book-buying 9-5 workers start work, and hoping to have the blog posted in time for the 9am start, when workers need to settle in and warm up with a little web browsing… at the Greenygrey. The Greenygrey is with you at the start of December 2012’s first working week morning…
Yes, we recently blogged that it was approaching that time of year when the winter sunrise lines up with the Northern Hemisphere’s normal work-day rush hour… and yes, that’s it, the sun has just risen at about 8.20, no doubt brightening the morning for all those Monday morning crotchety commuters.
It’s less than three weeks now to the Winter Solstice, when the Northern Hemisphere has its shortest day, and the sunrise reaches its closest passing to the 9am work-day start.
Due to there not being an artistic werewolf in the office at this early hour; where are Andy Wolfhol and Baron Wolfman when you need them; we don’t have any images from today’s super sunrise, but here’s some we made before, Blue Peter-style:
P.S. Great news for the 9-5 workers who’ve now reached work. A band of cloud has just eaten up the sky and it is pouring with rain… although the sun is still is shining on the horizon. Who said weather was boring..!
In the last poem before a mid-summer break, Marc Latham celebrates the summer solstice in the northern hemisphere, and the long days we enjoy at this time of year.
There is still some light in the north-east sky until about 11pm at the moment where Marc lives (Leeds), and when he sees this he usually thinks how nice it would be to follow it until shaking night off, if it meant the day never ended, and you didn’t get tired.
Here’s the poem, and enjoy the solstice wherever you are:
Following the Last Light
all day fun
following last light
to escape night
north in June
far from the equator
even night and day all year
winter is summer below
then South America
December brings thaw
down world floor
no more night
Today we have a timely and beautiful winter cycle seasonal poem by Claire Knight, inspired by the midwinter change, when the nights start getting lighter, and people start looking forward to spring.
Thanks to Claire for creating and sharing it, and a serene Solstice, merry Christmas and happy holidays to everybody.
Thanks for visiting fmpoetry in 2010, and best wishes for 2011!
Settling us into the time of dark
Winter Solstice fades away.
A fire crackles in the hearth
reflections on things now passed
draw unbidden into the mind.
Was I all I could be…?
Did I say and give all I wanted to?
the old year closes its door
midnight: one year slips into another
a new year opens a window.
Will I find and cherish all I hope for?
Can I be all I could?…
questions drawn into the mind
reflections on things to come.
A candle flickers here on earth
Imbolc awaits her turn
shifting us into the light of Spring.