Thursday, February 23, 2012

View from front porch

I love the ecliptic. It makes me feel connected to the rest of the solar system. As I stare at a planet's progress along it through the night (and through several nights) I can feel the earth rotating.

Jupiter, Venus, and the new moon--if you click on it to make it bigger, you can see the crescent and the "dark side" lit up by earthlight. If I were a little earlier, I would have gotten Mercury. No tripod, just propped on a post. Here's a different exposure (same shutter speed, but top is with the ISO maxed out, the bottom with lower ISO but some manipulation in the program Aperture). Which do you like better?


  1. Wow! Both are impressive although I think I like the bottom one the best. Beautiful and very cool.

    Jenny K

  2. They were much more cooperative to photograph than the previous astronomical phenomenon!