I’ve pointed out that the birds, bees, bunnies, and blossoms don’t really give a rat’s ass about COVID-19, no matter how much we’re stressing. (And believe me, we’re stressing, but still feeling okay here, hope that you’re doing the same!)
You know who else doesn’t care? If you need something beautiful and some perspective, go out tonight (if you’re on the West Coast and it’s early enough) or tomorrow or the next day and look for the crescent Moon and Venus and the Pleiades and Orion and Taurus and all of the other spectacular objects in the evening sky.
These were taken about twenty-five minutes ago:
Four day old Moon and Venus. This is a 1/400 sec exposure and you can see a bit of detail on the Moon. Longer exposures show Venus better, but the Moon’s details wash out pretty quickly from overexposure.
Another 1/400 second exposure, zoomed in all the way with the 300mm lens. Again, some detail on the moon.
But if we take a much longer exposure, 4 seconds, thinking to bring out the palm trees across the street, we get something special:
Click on the image to see it full-sized. Look in the upper right. Those are the Pleiades, M45, an open cluster of young, hot, blue stars.
If you’ve got a clear sky in the next couple of weeks, go out and take a look. The Moon will be moving, but the Pleiades (and Orion off to the left, and Taurus up higher above the Pleiades) will all be clearly visible to the naked eye. If you’ve got a pair of binoculars, they’ll all be spectacular!
Keep your physical distancing. It’s helping to slow down the inevitable spread of the virus.
Wash your hands. It’s a HUGE help to improve your odds of not getting the virus.
And go look up at the wonders above us. It will remind you of why you want to come out the other side from this crisis.
This too shall pass.