Category Archive: Astronomy

Starlight

As another storm system blew through the Central Valley I was struck by the juxtaposition of the clouds under the stars. A first quarter phase moon illuminated the clouds casting a pale glow… Continue reading

Trifecta

You don’t see a Super Blue Blood Moon very often over Tracy. In fact it has been about 152 years since the last time that happened. A celestial trifecta, a supermoon, blue moon… Continue reading

Harvest moon

The first harvest moon in October in early a decade rose over Tracy this week. The harvest moon is the first full moon near the fall, also called autumnal, equinox, which took place… Continue reading

Chasing the sun

The partial solar eclipse above Tracy at maximum coverage, 10:17 a.m. There aren’t two many things people can share from coast to. To all be in that moment together. Usually it’s politics and… Continue reading

Red Sky at Night

Smoke from wildfires burning in the region left a smudge in the night sky giving the moon rise a fiery tone. I was too late getting into position to catch the sun’s disk… Continue reading

Moondance

With the biggest and brightest Supermoon for decades to come heading my way I was trying to figure out the best spot to capture the celestial vision when a friend called and asked… Continue reading

Bad moon rising

Caught this moonrise through the clouds a couple of days ago while I was at work. it was spectacular to watch the moon illuminate the bands of clouds as it arced higher through… Continue reading

Nick of time

Patience is a virtue, and sometimes it’s the difference in getting a picture or not. After more than hour of staring at the sky on a cloudy night I was rewarded with a… Continue reading

Conjunction

Jupiter and Venus came within 1/3 of a degree apart in a planetary conjunction tonight, June 30 2015, that was 2000 years in the making. The two bright planets were close enough to… Continue reading

When Worlds Collide

June 19th A planetary conjunction is underway with Jupiter, upper left, and Venus on a visual collision course through the night sky. Venus is 56 million miles from Earth, and Jupiter is 10… Continue reading