zhanna’s adventures

zhanna’s adventures

The most memorable night …

Finally!!! The stars smiled upon us tonight (perhaps taking pity over the horrendously painful dental problems I was suffering) and, for once, we had a perfectly clear night up at the observatory. I have never, in fact, seen as many stars as we saw ton Read more ...

Nearing the end of July …

10:20pm Rich left the scope and binoculars outside for me again, and I stopped by after work for a quick look. It wasn’t too bad tonight overall, though there were some clouds and the bands weren’t steadily clear. All four moons were visible and in a p Read more ...

A long day off …

10:30pm It was a long day, but nothing soothes like looking at the sky for an hour or two. Rich and I had a clear view around 10:30pm, though we could see nothing around 4:00am. Read more ...

A planet and four moons …

10:30pm Tonight’s “wiggly” atmosphere prevented us from enjoying the sharp views of Jupiter that I saw on Monday, but at least we had some kind of a view. Three moons were easily visible; Europa was traversing Jupiter at the time, but of course we were Read more ...

Another try at the observatory …

Tonight, just like last Wednesday, I left work two hours early so that we could visit the observatory in Fleetville. John Sabia was speaking on “Observing Planets with a Telescope.” Just like Jo Ann’s presentation last week, it was extremely interestin Read more ...

A few good minutes …

10:30pm I had a decent view when I first arrived (not as good as last night, but close: I could see the 3 visible moons pretty easily through the binoculars). But after about 20 minutes, it became too cloudy to see the moons or the bands on Jupiter. An Read more ...

Almost with the naked eye …

10:30pm Though he was working again tonight, Rich left the tripods, scope, and binoculars out for me so I could look at Jupiter after work. Cloud cover was heavy during the day, but I was astounded how clear the southeastern sky became tonight! This wa Read more ...

Humidity is a killer!

9:45pm Tonight Rich was at work, but I went to try to view Jupiter anyway. He didn’t miss much! Right after I arrived, thick fog moved in … it was almost like being in Maine. Irritatingly bright light from the park across the street reflected off the Read more ...

A hazy screen …

10:00pm Today was a relatively lazy summer Friday. With heat and humidity so oppressive, we spent most of the day trying to stay still and cool. Tonight we watched the movie “Toys” but ran outside halfway through to see what we could spot in the sky. J Read more ...