I was outside this evening around 7:30, trying to get a bit more done on building a three-compartment compost bin while the light was quickly draining from the sky. As I was cleaning up some tools, I looked up and noticed the moon and Venus hanging like jewels in the southwest sky.
Just then Helene called out to me that a zucchini crusted pizza (zucchinis continue to find their way into many of our meals) just came out of the oven. I told her to come on out first – she did, and she too wanted to just stare at this grand show in the evening sky. So we plated our meal and sat out on the deck to enjoy the sky show while we ate a scrumptious dinner.
The moon is just a couple of days past the New Moon this evening, a lovely crescent of yellow-white hanging just a few degrees to the south of Venus. The moon is our night sky’s brightest member, and Venus is its second brightest. As we finished our dinner, we watched the moon get closer to, slowly slip behind, and eventually disappear behind the ridge. About 90 seconds after the moon was entirely gone, Venus disappeared as well.
We imagined what it would be like to try and watch this spectacle from the New York streets where we both grew up, and thanked our lucky stars that we live where we do. While the sky show unfolded, we noticed that the only sounds we could hear were a couple of hundred crickets. What magic!