After a few days of rain, it was nice to see a good forecast for gazing at the sky. I’d been watching the calendar and the weather hoping for a good chance to get the telescope out and photograph the moon again. The moon was going to be rising a little after 3 AM and I knew that it would need about an hour to be visible over the trees across the street. I set an alarm on my cell phone to wake me at 3:30. At 4:24, I woke up with my phone laying next to my hand on the bed. I had apparently managed to turn off the alarm without waking up … quite impressed with myself, since I usually can’t manage to hit the appropriate “button” for “snooze” or “dismiss” when I am awake.
I got dressed quickly and headed outside. Fortunately, the moon was just skimming the tree tops.