This morning I am celebrating with an onion bagel and avocado, with really strong coffee in my Unreconstructed Ossified Manualist mug.

Thanks to my local Ham Radio “Elmer”, last night I was finally able to get a great glimpse of the comet NEOWISE.  Not just a good glimpse, with binoculars, but also through a good refractor telescope.   We also pointed the same at a few other objects including rising Jupiter (lots of little moons) and Saturn (tilted right now, so you can see the rings plainly).   As I was looking at one star cluster, a satellite whizzed through.  We had several splendid meteors, fireflies, and a fly over by the ISS.

I encourage you to get out and see the comet.  It is the brightest we’ve had in about 20 years and it won’t be back for about 6800 years.  You won’t have to coma the sky.  On my latitude it was best visible about an hour after sunset, in the NW between Lynx and Ursa Major.   It will brighten so you can see it with the naked eye, but good binoculars will really please.

How I wish I still had my apartment in Rome.  The view would have been sort of like this.

Here’s an old photo from those days…

Rainbow and dark sky in Roma

I shot that early in the morning from my window, as the sun was rising behind me, on the Feast of the Cathedra of St. Peter, 2006.

Alme Sol, curru nitido diem qui
promis et celas aliusque et idem
nasceris, possis nihil urbe Roma
visere maius.

And without Horace’s permission, I think Puccini’s rendering…

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