I wanted to let you all know that we could be in for quite the evening sky treat! If you look west at about 8:30 you can see the inner planets of the solar system. Those planets consist of Mercury, Venus, and Mars. I’ve included an image for a guide. Again, look west at about 8:30. If nothing else, you’ll get to see a slither of the Moon and it is sure to be beautiful. Crescent Moons are my favorite! You can give use this guide in the coming nights too, but tonight’s sky is looking clearer than the nights to come.
I have placed my thermometer out in the field and things are cooling off quickly. I would cover up anything that you think could be bit by frost. My thermometer out in the open field is already down to 44 degrees. The thermometer under the trees is 54 degrees.
The dewpoint is 28 degrees, which means we could easily drop into the mid 30s in places. The only thing that may save us from frost are some passing clouds. My skies are crystal clear right now but I can see some clouds to the south. I’ve noticed some patchy clouds on satellite coming into West TN. Those could drift across our skies just in time to keep us frost free. To have frost, we must have crystal clear skies and calm winds.
I should remind you that registration for the MM kids class continues! I still have a few spots open. Find more info and the link to register at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd0z-3iNgJh4ZlmWC3EhPbXcujTPO48ohRjbF6G7ZJcHBV4Iw/viewform
The first MM class for the adults is filling fast but I still have some spots open! That class will be May 24th at 5:00 pm at TCAT. The cost is $10 for each adult (donations welcome) and every dime of that goes to fund materials for the kids classes offered each month. For more information and to register, please go to https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSerEXmW6Ofxyw6NWwHhDPg4QmcEqd85jLKj5JpB5dG7VXUUiA/viewform
You all stay warm and enjoy the view of that night sky!