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Tom grew up in Milwaukee, bartended in Wauwatosa in the '70s and moved here in 1984.

Commentary, observations and musings about the outdoors, life in general and maybe Tosa politics and personalities will be the order of the day. He savors a lively debate as much as terrific cooking.

Christmas Night - A Light in the Heavens

Gas Pains, Odds and Ends, Personal

My wife reminded me last night about a predictable astronomical occurrence that I had read about a week ago.
 
On Christmas Eve the planet Mars was supposed to be closer to the planet earth and directly opposite the sun.
 
If observable, Mars would be particularly bright in the night sky.
 
Unfortunately it was cloudy and overcast all of last night. 
 
Mars' traverse across the night sky was not to be seen.
 
My hopes for a viewing tonight dimmed as the cloudy conditions persisted throughout the day.
 
About 20 minutes ago, the heavens cleared and both the stars and moon are shinning brightly
 
Mars too.
 
The shadows are casting hues of ghostly grays upon the snow.
 
Sure enough, with a pair of binoculars steadied on the porch post, there is the planet Mars leading the moon (and the daylight path of the sun)  glowing in an ethereal white (instead of red) reflection. 
 
As I finish this post the clouds have, once again closed-in.
 
This was a most excellent Christmas bonus.
 
Tom
 

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