Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Moon, Jupiter, and Saturn...

... as seen from California on November 18th just around sunset. We love when we can see the planets like this. I wave hello to Venus most mornings before sunrise lately. It helps to remind us that we are on a beautiful planet whirling through the Milky Way Galaxy. 

We are grateful that Biden is finally able to start the formal transition process. We are almost starting to feel safe here, starting to believe that Trump will really leave the White House. This nightmare might really be ending. We are so waiting for that moment.

Life is very quiet. The pandemic is still raging here in the USA. Thanksgiving is coming and the airports are already seeing a heavy uptick in passengers. On Sunday more people took flights than have since March. So, things are going to get very messy in a few weeks. We're staying home and staying safe. We hope you are all doing well and finding ways to keep your spirits up.

Maybe we'll have something interesting to post here soon. Wouldn't that be cool? One can always hope and dream.

26 comments:

  1. Ah, it's not such a bad place, is it? The world has had worse epidemics and even madder leaders in the past and somehow survived.

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    1. John-- It's not a bad place at all. And it could even be better.

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  2. the confluence of Saturn and Jupiter will be a couple of days starting Dec. 21 I believe. they are supposed to be so close together visually that they might look like one bright light in the sky.

    finally the transition to Biden has officially begun. I hope Trump fades into the sunset but there is a contingent out there that thinks he's going to try and take control/keep control of the Republican party. why he wants to do that is beyond me. you'd think he'd be happy to go back to his previous life since he hates the presidential job.

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    1. ellen-- Haven't seen Jupiter or Saturn for a few nights. The moon is rising later and later. So happy about Biden and still a bit worried about Trump. Sure wish he would just concede so we can all exhale and move on.

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  3. Thank you so much for this post, for reminding me of my mother who would mail me drawings of confluences she observed in the sky at Gualala, so much like the one you so beautifully photographed, and for being the messenger with the news that the transition to the Biden/Harris administration has begun!

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    1. am-- I love that your mom drew the sky confluences like this. That is so cool. We feel such a sense of relief about the transition, and would be that much happier if Trump would finally accept the results.

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  4. There is some sense of relief that changes are taking place. I can't believe the way people deal with covid. You're right that after thanksgiving cases will spike some more.

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    1. Red-- Yes, we really do feel a sense of relief. It feels good to exhale. The cases here in California, and in our little town are spiking like crazy. It's very unnerving.

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  5. It has been a relief that Trump is finally letting the transition take place. Was beginning to wonder how we would get him out of there.
    Glad you are heeding science and staying home for the holidays. Wish more were doing that. Not much fun but then neither is making someone sick.
    Enjoy Thanksgiving as much as possible.

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    1. Patti-- We will be so happy when he is finally out of the White House and off the world stage. Will that happen? Mmm?
      We are staying home, just the two of us for Thanksgiving. It's a crazy time out there.
      Hope you have a lovely Thanksgiving as well. Take care.

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  6. Stellar photo of the sky show. I saw a great cartoon on Zhoen's blog the other day of a wrecked Oval Office and streaks in the desk and the carpeting from Trump's fingers as he's being dragged out.

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    1. Catalyst-- So glad that you like the sky photo. It was perfect timing when I ran out to take a look.
      I am counting the days to Inauguration. I want him GONE in every way.

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  7. I bet you are going around with a big smile on your face again and hopefully laughing at the clowns anguish. Truth is I feel he realises after this he will not get in again because people have learnt what a self centred person he is. Hopefully Biden will be able to undo some of the harm the guy has done. We have a week left of lockdown but it is still a worrying time till we get a vaccination. You have a lot to smile about now.

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    1. Billy-- I love how much you dislike our President Clown. We feel the same way about him. Biden is already doing things in a way that lets us breathe out a huge sigh of relief. Oh yes we're smiling. We're even laughing like crazy sometimes!

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  8. Such a beautiful image, thank you Robin.

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    1. Sabine-- I am so glad you liked this photo. Thank you!

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  9. Yes and I'm pretty impressed with the cabinet of 6 senators Biden has assembled so far - 50% are women and 25% non-Caucasian! That's brilliant - representative government.

    I hope our right-wing neo-liberal government are taking note. It could be better days ahead.

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    1. Dr Michelle-- Biden is making very fine and thoughtful choices. It fills us with so much relief. He's got a good team assembled so far. Only 57 more days of this administration until Inauguration. We can't wait!
      I hope all the idiotic right-wing neo-liberal governments are watching.

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  10. I almost never see stars here in London. And I didn't see them in New York, either. On the rare occasions when I've been traveling I've always enjoyed the stars -- as you said, they're reminders of how we fit into the bigger picture.

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    1. Steve-- On clear nights here we see stars and planets. A few years ago there was a power outage and the whole north coast was dark. We saw the Milky Way. We stood out in the yard and were amazed by it all. It surprised us by how much we miss with all the light pollution.

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  11. We watched the press conference when Biden named the nominees for some of the executive offices, and I thought, "The adults are back in the room." What a relief to see and hear him.

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    1. Mark-- Roger and I had the same thought. There will be adults in charge. We so need that. I'm still a little bit worried, but hopefully come January 20th, we can all breathe a sigh of relief.

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  12. It does feel a bit like we are awakening from a nightmare. That's a beautiful photo.

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    1. Spare Parts and Pics-- So glad you liked the photo. Well, the nightmare will persist until January 20th. Steel yourself for the bumpy ride until then.

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  13. I keep telling myself that I will go out and view the night sky. I’m glad you posted that picture. The night sky is amazing.

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    1. owl-- On clear nights I wish all the city lights would be turned off so we can see the Milky Way. The night sky is amazing!

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