The moon controls one of the most formidable forces in nature – the tides that shape our coastlines. Tides, in turn, significantly affect the intensity of methane emissions from the Arctic Ocean seafloor.
” The winter solstice is on December 21st, also the date of a close conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn.”
“Four o’ Clock – Thursday 26th November 2020 – sitting at my computer – and this is what I saw out of the window –”
On 26th of July 1609 English mathematician and astronomer Thomas Harriot drew the first map of the Moon by observing it through a telescope.
The Moon will be Full on June 5th, with a faint penumbral lunar eclipse, and it will be New on June 21st, on which there will be an annular solar eclipse, visible from central Africa, northern India and China.
Thursday 7th May 2020. 10 pm. Moon over the Bay of Hinderayre, Orkney.
The Supermoon over Orkney at 6am on 9th of March 2020. Image by Kenny Armet
There will be a Supermoon on 9th March, when the Moon will be Full and also at its closest to Earth.
I was reading a collection of short stories by Arthur C. Clarke called ‘Of Time and Stars’, with a foreword by the man himself.
“The landing on the Moon was a transformational achievement which changed the perspective we have on our own planet forever: a fragile blue marble on the vast dark lunar sky.”