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I was out on the water Thursday night into Friday and so on that morning was greeted with the rising of the crescent moon alongside Venus. This pair is obvious as they are rising since they are brighter than all around them. It is not uncommon for the moonrise to be accompanied by one or more of the planets and so to enhance the view of the moonrise or setting.

Crescent moon and Venus

Less noticeable were two other fairly bright objects on the other side of the horizon and so about to set. These two are Jupiter and Saturn who have been traveling across the sky together for the last several weeks. You may have noticed these since they are brighter than the surrounding stars and so more visible. Jupiter is the brighter of the two.

Also visible now, though not as bright the Jupiter/Saturn pair or Venus, is Mars – showing up about midway between these others, though perhaps a bit closer to Venus. This, of course, is a reddish color.

And finally, coming up tomorrow morning, the moon will be accompanied by Mercury. So, 5 planets will be visible in the sky, as illustrated in the following image.


Another object in the sky for a short time is the comet Neowise. It has been visible in the early morning during the first half of July, but will be visible in the evening during the end of July in the NW – Westerly horizon after sunset. It will likely be low on the horizon and so a view while on the water should be ideal. It may be visible to the unaided eye, but binoculars would be needed to see details.
Comet Neowise
Last edited by YakRunabout on Fri Oct 02, 2020 6:14 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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By shoffer
Nighttime fishing can overload the senses. The sound (and lack thereof) can be exhilarating, spooky and exciting.

My favorite night time sight (other than fish on the end of my line) is shooting stars. In 2013, when I began night fishing, I had never before seen one in 43 years on this earth. Once I began night fishing, I see them all the time. I would say that on 70% of my trips, I will see one or more. It's cool.
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By YakRunabout
Stuart - interesting that you bring up the sounds at night. I almost mentioned that in my reply to Charlie -
Most of my night fishing has been in canal lights and so much of the sights and sounds are normal for a neighborhood - music, voices, cars - there is one boat on the north side of Tiki that has had an alarm sounding for a few weeks now!

But, you get out into a marsh at night and it is as you say - different. Silent much of the time. Perhaps the sounds are amplified since you cannot see as well, some new sounds as well. Still hoping for the splash of a redfish hitting something along the grass - but now tough to cast to since distance on the lure is a guessing game.
Then the streaks of light, like you say, perhaps also amplified since you are engulfed in darkness -
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By YakRunabout
Related to the information above - if you were out last night you may have noticed the moon between a couple of relatively bright objects - these were Jupiter and Saturn. The two planets have been traveling together for some time now and on this night were joined by the moon. In the picture below you can see Jupiter above the moon (west of the moon), but the sky may be too light or too cloudy for Saturn to be visible.
Moonrise with Jupiter visible

The other picture is taken later to show all three.
The moon, Jupiter and Saturn

Around midnight you may have noticed Mars in the eastern sky, the brightest object at the time as well as distinct due to its color.
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By Dandydon
I minored in Astronomy at Princeton University and totally endorse this TKF thread.
There's no "getting skunked" at night because the star-show is worth it by itself. For the past 20 years I've gone night-fishing expressly on nights of the best meteor showers.

The best one was in a 17' flat-bottomed boat about 30 years ago, overnight in the surf at Rollover Pass. Not only did we catch limits of big reds & specks, also landed about 20 large sandtrout.

This was while looking up bug-eyed at about 5 meteorites per minute flashing in the black sky above us. Some were the 5-second long trails that blazed right over us. Maybe the 5th best night of my life, ha ha.

That and four near-death experiences have strongly convinced me that God blessed us with Nature, females and fishing. Go for it.

Keep looking up, men. Our future lies outward to the stars...

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By YakRunabout
I've gone night-fishing expressly on nights of the best meteor showers.

That's a great criteria to add for planning a night trip - I will need to add that! No better view than out on the water!
I was trying to get out to view this latest comet but never was able to fit it in.
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By Dandydon
You missed a streaking beauty. I grabbed my. portable 10" Newtonian reflector telescope and drove out the SW Freeway past the George Ranch Observatory.. Saw its peak visibility and fiery tail. Would have photographed it thru my telescope except was sipping Maker's Mark.and forget my Nikon SLR.

That was almost as cool as the full solar eclipse I saw in Guinea, Africa hosted by the president of that wealthy, corrupt oil-soaked country. I was wrapping up a $950 million dollar oil deal. The whole daytime turned from bright yellow to nighttime green-black, with psychedelic mushroom effects and orange auras around all the living hot objects (that thankfully Shoffer & Kickingback have told me about).

That was like 6 minutes of the best damn orgasm a man's ever HAD. I've had plenty of those.around the world.

And I'll be fishing this upcoming night of August 11th to catch some gamefish and see the Perseid Meteor Shower. Any takers? Galveston 's skies are still dark enough after midnight. See it before you die.

Talley ho. Image

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By kickingback
There is an app for IPhone for one that will give you real time view of the stars as you move your phone pointed to the skies. It is cool to see live what you see on your display and tells you what stars they are as well as constellations. It's called STARCHART. Download and enjoy on those night trips!

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By Chubs
Dandydon wrote:The whole daytime turned from bright yellow to nighttime green-black, with psychedelic mushroom effects and orange auras around all the living hot objects (that thankfully Shoffer & Kickingback have told me about).

You've piqued my interest, what is this orange aura and mushroom effects you are talking about?
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By Dandydon
Chub, thanks for the question, but those effects described have been documented by many observers of full solar eclipses. It's eerie and awesome to experience, and that's why people fly half-way around the world to see one. I've been lucky enough to see three full solar eclipses.

On a side note, those effects have also been experienced by people who ingest hallucinogenic mushrooms.

You'll have to ask Kickingback & Shoffer about that, ha ha ha. Oh my. Image

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By Dandydon
Point of clarification: I have seen Capt. Shoffer eat mushrooms at a Christmas dinner. He seemed coherent, able to keep his composure, and told some funny stories.

We lawyers never lie unless we have to, for our clients. Any questions?

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By Dandydon
Good luck on seeing that 2024 total solar eclipse, Chubs! Of course I'll be watching it, too.
It's an unforgettable experience. Image

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