Sky-watching did not start with our meme SkyWatch Friday.
The apostles were doing it on this day almost two thousand years ago.
The New Testament book of Acts says
He was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight. They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. "Men of Galilee," they said, "why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven."
- Acts 1:9-11
Ascension Day fell on the same date this year for both Catholics and Orthodox Christians.
I imagine this place, the Chapel of the Ascension, was full of worshiping pilgrims today.
This is a drive-by shot and I have not yet walked there but apparently, on the other side of the mosque is a chapel, first built around 390.
It was destroyed and rebuilt by various conquerors many times.
A mosque and minaret were added next to the chapel in 1620 and the entire site remains in Muslim possession.
The main octagonal edicule surrounds the Ascension rock, said to bear the footprint of Jesus as he ascended, forty days after the resurrection.
It is on the Mount of Olives, in the Arab neighborhood A-Tur.
More information and interior photos of the Chapel of the Ascension (Kapelat HaAliya) here: