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Astronomical question and answer 202

 

Frank L. Preuss

 

A surprise?

 

It is now two days before new moon and I looked at the sky and expected to see no moon, but I saw it. The crescent was clearly visible; even so it was behind a layer of hazy thin clouds. The sun had not yet risen. The horizon was very red. The sky above it blue and higher up as well, but then changed more to black. The bright star was now above the moon and I saw one other star below that one, but above the moon. The crescent pointed downwards to where the sun, still not to be seen, was.

After I had written the above, I looked again. I could not see the second star, but the first star was clearly there, and also the moon. And now I remembered that I did not look at the non-illuminated part of the moon, if I could see the earth shine there, but I did now and was of the opinion that I could see the earth shine illuminating that part of the moon, but I was also thinking, that it was just my imagination.

Now I looked a third time. The bright star above the moon was still very bright, even so it was behind a layer of hazy clouds. The crescent of the moon was not so bright. The sky there was just hazy. The sun was still not seen, but there was a layer of clouds along the horizon.

I now looked a fourth time. I had already problems finding the star and the moon, but as I knew where to look, I found them, but it also became clear that the brighter the sky would get the more problems I would have to see them.

At my next trip before the door I could still see the star, or planet, but the crescent had become very faint and the sun was still not seen, may be it was just out of my view.

At my next trip I could see the sun rising above a thin layer of clouds above the horizon. The star and the moon I could not find.

The next trip showed the full sun just above the thin layer of clouds above the horizon. I could see no other heavenly body. But it became very apparent that when one has no definite exact direction where to look and only remembers where one saw something the last time, one gives up very quickly trying to find an object. And having looked into the sun also does not help of course.

The sky is now blue, also in the west, and my star gazing will probably not continue.

I also noticed that the position at the horizon, where the sun rises, changes very little from day to day, and also that of the star, but that of the moon quite noticeably.

I also noticed that I did not estimate the angel between the moon and the sun so that I have an idea how far the moon is ahead of the sun, in case I try in the evening to the see the moon again before sunset.

 

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