A jet streaks west towards the vivid sunset over the ancient Robledo Mountains west of Las Cruces known for their prehistoric trackways & fossils from Permian & Paleozoic eras ... The nearly full moon rising from the east seems to be gazing in that direction as well! ... 12 hours earlier in the morning, Venus & Jupiter shine brightly in the dark pre-dawn skies to the southeast, a few lights in a line glow from the city about 10 miles away.
If you’re up before dawn throughout January & have mostly clear skies, you’ll be treated to the sight of the extremely bright planets Venus & Jupiter rising in the southeastern sky ... Early this morning I raised the blinds on our kitchen windows, and was surprised to see what I thought at first was some kind of hovering aircraft. I stepped outside & realized they were two planets or stars, but brighter & closer to earth than any I’d seen before in our southern New Mexico skies. Naturally when I went back inside to get my phone camera to see if I could get any kind of pictures, a high cloud had covered them from sight for several minutes! When they finally reappeared, they were much further away, but still shining brightly, along with numerous stars scattered & twinkling here & there between the clouds. My pictures don’t show anywhere near the beauty of this morning’s pre-dawn sky scene, but it was so well worth seeing ... I hope your skies are clear & you’re able to see these two bright planets as they move through your January skies. On January 22 they will pass each other & form a dramatic conjunction; unless the weather doesn’t cooperate, you do not need binoculars or a telescope to see them, even in large cities, altho further details will show up if you do, such as the 4 largest moons around Jupiter ... Thanks to an article by NM astronomer Alan Hale (one of the discoverers of the Hale-Bopp comet) as well as articles online at EarthSky & Accuweather for explaining “what in the world” I was seeing! ✨💫✨
While many parts of the world are in the midst of dealing with snow storms, residents in Tullibigeal, NSW, Australia dealt with their own type of storm on Friday. #duststorm (Instagram: kelly_tyack) Use #accuphoto to share you weather photos with us!
Boone County and other areas of #missouri have accumulated over 10-15 inches of #snow over the past weekend. (Photo taken by - PJ Allen-Thomas. ) Use the #accuphoto to share your weather photos with us!