i am an unrequited astronomer, pretend patient, gentle adventurer, pedal enthusiast, recovering calligrapher, occasional thespian and unfinished poet living in portland, oregon. contacting me via email is usually a good idea.
11:56 AM: saturnalia
oh, saturn's in opposition! that explains why, on the very few nights i can see it, it seems so bright right now! last year sven & i called gemini "the cell phone constellation" because that's what the addition of saturn made it look like, and it was about the same magnitude as castor & pollux. now that saturn is in cancer, which is a very faint constellation, it blazes in the gulf between gemini & leo, dominating the sky like mars did last summer. mars is now setting earlier and earlier and is still visible but dimmed -- but don't worry, mars will always be my scarlet star!