As we begin the second decade of the third millennium, take time to watch the Moon as is appears to visit near Jupiter, Saturn and Venus this month. It will be full on January 19, and maybe on that particular evening you should take a moment to just stare at the Moon. Think about it. There is this enormous rock floating around you and it just keeps rotating about. Time continues forward and that Moon appears to you now the same way it did to the Earth three millenniums previous and it will still look the same three millenniums in the future. You are but a speck in both the expansive dimension of space as well as the immense duration of time, but it is incredible that you exist, and that the Moon exists, and that together you and it are part of an amazing reality.
January 2011 Northern Hemisphere Sky Map