Jupiter and Saturn

Skywatchers are in for a rare treat as Jupiter and Saturn come so close to each other they will almost look like a single shining planet in the sky.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2020-11-27/jupiter-and-saturn-in-a-once-in-a-lifetime-grand-conjunction/12895088?nw=0

But the conjunction, which occurs about every 20 years, was so close they would appear almost as one bright planet. The last time that happened was about 400 years ago.

Fortunately for me, Australia was a good place to be looking for it, and even better the sky was clear when I heard the news and ran out with my phone.

It isn’t a good shot and may have been better after reading the post by Jez Braithwaite, but the title makes use of Becky’s ‘UP’ square criteria and it gives you an idea of what we could see with the naked eye. Clouds came in shortly after and the bright lights disappeared.

Long after an eruption

For Becky’s ‘UP’ square, today, I’m featuring two views of the Undala lava tubes of Queensland; outside and inside the tubes.

Outside

The longest lava tubes in the world, they are formed (to give a lay explanation) when a huge mass of lava is on the move, but cooling as it runs. Subsequent lava flows add to it and run up the sides, eventually closing over the top to form a tube.

Inside

The last eruption was about 200 000 years ago.

Not so far from Cairns, they are well worth the visit.

7 of a kind

A.k.a. the slimy seven. While my husband and I walked by a storm water drain, we saw this mother duck, sitting very still and all seven ducklings not moving either.

Not having my camera, Alan took the shot and the mother lay low on the water (trying to be invisible?) as her offspring started moving about. There is a lot of slime on the top of the water, due to the warm weather, but I guess you have to be a duck to want to swim in it.

It’s for Becky’s squares.