The ancient house we now live in has evolved and knitted itself into the adjoining structures of the ancient street in such a way that it has many roofs sloping in different directions. One of these bits of roof slopes southeast, but in it is a skylight situated so that it is south from, and at an upward angle from, the head of our bed.
The result is that the Moon when it’s Full, and the planets when they are at opposition, shine down onto our pillow around midnight. When the moonlight isn’t softened by clouds its splash on us can wake us. Jupiter, and Capella and Procyon, sometimes pretend to be among the sparkling raindrops on the glass.
The Moon will be Full this evening at 23 hours Universal Time (11 PM in Britain, 6 PM in the eastern US, 3 PM on the west coast) – not really appearing as huge as the mind sees it. I made this picture a month ago, placed Moon and Jupiter arbitrarily but, as it turns out, luckily.
Jupiter is up-left from the Moon, and seven hours later they will be closest (Jupiter above Moon). The Moon will travel on eastward, and on Feb. 6 Jupiter will be at opposition, shining down through the midnight window alone.