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Winter at the bus stop

Distant Venus, ice-

capped Mars, the dead moon above –

warmer than I am.

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Thankful

Pretty leaves falling

Sound of rain on a good roof

High quality wine

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Luminescence

Drifting wisps of cloud

Waning gibbous supermoon

River’s ripples shine.

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Contrast

Rainy Saturday

Rainbow over my bus stop

Blazing eastern sky

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Three gleaming planets
lined up in the eastern sky
covered in robots.

Lately I’ve been waking up to Venus shining in my bedroom window. Yesterday I learned she wasn’t alone; this morning I went out to see Venus, Mars, and Jupiter lined up in the sky, with the crescent moon shining overhead and Orion keeping watch alongside. Mercury might have been visible too, if I’d had a clear horizon.

Earthsky’s Visible Planets

Mars is much made of these days, with its water and its Ridley Scott movie and its Curiosity Rover. The red planet has quite a complement of robots aboard: active rovers Curiosity and Opportunity, orbiters Odyssey, Express, MRO, MOM, and Maven, and a whole litter of past missions. Venus most recently played host to Messenger, but has its own share of defunct machines scattered about. Galileo orbited Jupiter for two years and dropped an atmospheric probe before falling to its own demise in the gas giant’s eternal haze. It was startling to look up at those specks in the sky and realize that humanity has touched them.

Saturn is an evening star these days. If Portland’s own eternal haze should lift tonight, I’ll look for that gleaming yellow speck and think of Cassini.

Earth, the pale blue dot.

Earth, the pale blue dot.

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Sunset haiku

Showoff sunset taunts

dormant volcano sulking

silent in the east.

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