Can’t See Comet for the Clouds

I work up at 4:11 a.m. (Central Time) this morning. It’s a Sunday. Why am I up so early? I have no idea.

Since I was up early, I checked my Sky Safari app on my smartphone to see when Comet Ison would rise. I was in luck. It was scheduled to rise at 4:22, a few minutes before the star Spica.


Next, I checked the temperature via my weather app. Strangely, for mid-November, the temperature before dawn was in the mid-60s.

kswx17nov2013Next, I opened my front door and immediately my hopes crashed to the ground.  I could see the sky above the houses to my east.  In other words, clouds were reflecting the light of the full moon from the clear sky in the west.

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Full Moon over roof of my house facing west from middle of driveway.

I just can’t win. Will I ever get to see this comet? I guess I’ll try again tomorrow morning.

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