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.
3:08 PM: who could ask for more?
it's my portlandiversary! i've now been in portland for exactly three years. hooray!
to celebrate, saturn & mars are setting very close together at twilight this week. mars is in retrograde and is on its way east as saturn continues westward. but because it gets dark so late, you need to catch them around 10:30 p.m. before they both slip beneath the atmospheric haze -- at which point it will be late enough to see the form of leo steeply setting. also, apparently the fickle flicker of mercury is visible just below the twin stars of gemini, but gemini has already set by the time it gets dark enough to see the stars, so i may not see that this year.
tip o' the hat to paul mcartney, who is celebrating his 64th birthday nowhere near the isle of wight.