Spring: the time for planets. They’re Back!

Now mid-March 2018 and there are planets in the sky!  Here are some of the notable moments.

If you look to the west right after sunset you will catch bright Venus and fleeting (and fainter) Mercury. On March 18th, just after sunset, you might also be able to catch the very young, sliver moon, low on the western horizon.

March 18th 2018 looking west right after sunset.

March 18th 2018 looking west right after sunset.

Are you and early riser? Then you will be able to catch the other bright planets, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn.

Jupiter, Mars, Saturn and the Moon visible at about 5:30am looking southeast on March 12th 2018.

Jupiter, Mars, Saturn and the Moon visible at about 5:30am looking southeast on March 12th 2018.

 

A Casper Saturday: People Arrive!

The town of Casper, WY is now hopping along. A lot more people are here today. We started out with a visit to the Geology Museum on the southwest side of things. They have an excellent display on geologic time along with representative minerals and fossils from each period/era. They also have their very own T.rex skeleton, a nice surprise. It is being slowly picked out of the encasing rock….

So, there was a lot of good paleontology to enjoy there for sure!

Back into town, the place is swinging. Lots of people wandering about with geeky T-shirts… yes, these are eclipse watchers for sure. The town has closed off the central area for shops to show off their goods, for people to mill about, to have a quick bight to eat/drink, and relax in the summer sun, a hot summer sun, pushing to 90F. The skies today: crystal clear. Absolutely lovely.