A Saturnian occultation was the best way I've started a week! Just so amazing! And within the best sign ever that cool weather (closer observing spots) and longer observing nights are near--The Winter Hexagon!!! I loved watching it disappear leaving one little ornament hook for a second then reappear from the dark side seemingly out of no where. It's somehow strange to see Saturn in the daylight anyway, then to see him next to the Moon in the same field! I think I saw Titan at ~11:00 position to Saturn, did anybody else? The 3rd quarter Moon was noticeably supersized with Grimaldi well within the limb and a few not always observable features exposed. I wonder how long the Moon will be at this libration, is it a seasonal occurrence or some other period? Are any of these objects on the SAC 110 Moon list! Did anyone notice the massive chains of Sunspots? The most I've seen in a while. Maybe 100 sizeable to huge ones concentrated onto one side in a long and shorter chain. And Venus in some kind of Gibbous stage, would it be waxing or waning? Plus all of the Galilean Moons visible with Jupiter! Telrad, the ISS didn't occult b Ursa Majoris (Dubhe?) from my vantage point in Laveen but got really almost grazingly close. I timed it starting from the outside of Dubhe to the inside of Merak it took only 29 seconds! It really travels fast! I tried catching the Irridium flare but missed--darn. Then the discovery of another favorite nearest sky object, and me with binoculars in hand!--a verdin, !!! er vS gnr sdist What a great sky morning! --- This message is from the AZ-Observing mailing list. If you wish to be removed from this list, send E-mail to: AZ-Observing-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx, with the subject: unsubscribe. The list's archive is at: //www.freelists.org/archives/az-observing This is a discussion list. Please send personal inquiries directly to the message author. In other words, do not use "reply" for personal messages. Thanks.