The next few days offer a chance to enjoy Jupiter and a waxing Moon together in the southern sky. I just showed this last night to a star party group and the view was exciting. The two objects sparkle in evening sky and provide a nice accent to an otherwise quiet part of the sky -- an area that is devoid of bright stars. So get out your telescope, enjoy a view of the craters of the Moon, and get a close-up of Jupiter and its moons while Jupiter is still bright and high in the sky after sunset.
In 2005 I began writing a column for the San Francisco Waldorf School newsletter called "The Urban Astronomer." I started this blog in 2007 as a place to archive my articles and to offer additional insights on the night sky - even if you live in a big city. In 2008 I became an occasional guest on the KFOG Morning Show, and more recently on KALW and KGO. Archived shows are posted on the blog.