by Casey Fukuda
Mars' red disk was already above the horizon. The moon, to Mars' lower right, shined brightly, half above the crest of the hills, minimally obscured by a light cloud that just so happened to be near the horizon at the time. And a tree's branches on the hilltop partially framing it's left limb. What a photograph that would have made. I'll not soon forget that moment. No doubt the best moon rise I have ever seen, ever.
I'm wondering if the Earth's fragile plate tectonics can handle the additive combination of the Moon and Mars' gravitational alignment pulling just a little harder tonight. I'll be watching for out of the ordinary earthquake activity somewhere in the world in the next 24 to 48 hours.