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This year I was able to witness the sight of the moon, Venus and Jupiter in the southwestern night sky.  It was a beautiful thing to see…although I didn’t notice it right away.  I was walking the dog with my daughter when she pointed the two stars in the sky near the moon.  We agreed that they weren’t “stars” per se but more than likely planets since they were so bright and the sky was not completely dark (it was after sundown but the sun had not completely set at that point).  Later, my son told me about it.  So, a couple of nights ago I took the picture below

Moon, Venus and Jupiter in the night sky

Moon, Venus and Jupiter in the night sky

 

It’s not the greatest picture by any stretch of the imagination as I took the picture with my digital camera (on a tripod) but looking through the branches of some White Oak trees next to the house.  Still you can clearly see the moon.  Venus is down and to the right of the moon and Jupiter is up and to the right of Venus.  My understanding is that this will be seen again until 2017.  Pretty cool.

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I live in Montgomery county Maryland not far from Washington D.C.  I stumbled across this article in the Washington Post earlier in the week on the lack of acorns on the ground from all the white, brown, and red oak trees in this region.  It’s kind of spooky thinking that this year, which was one of the wettest we’ve had in quite a while results in no crop of acorns from these beautiful trees.  I went outside and looked on the ground and noticed that, yes, indeed, there were no acorns.  Now, I can’t say that there have been absolutely NO acorns — for all I know there could have been a weak crop that the overabundance of squirrels we’ve had here this year have collected or eaten them all up.  However, I don’t seem to recall seeing acorns at all — but then I didn’t really pay attention.

Next year I plan to start looking for the acorns on the ground.  God willing this phenomenon won’t happen again as the squirrels and other wildlife depend on the acorns for their winter food.  I did note this post from a blogger in South Carolina from last year where they noticed the lack of acorns there and believed that a squirrel migration may be in place as well.  They seemed to think that the drop in acorn production could be due to an Easter freeze.  If that’s the case then we shall see what happens in 2009.  Hopefully this is not due to climate change.

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