Better pictures tonight! Plus a three-day old crescent moon. Also a few clouds about, but not enough to obscure the view, just add a bit of pink after I waited for them to drift out of the the way.
Drift faster! (But that is pretty…)
Better! Now we just need to wait for it to get a bit darker.
This might be one of the best pictures I’ve ever taken. Crescent moon is way overexposed but that shows the dark, night time surface of the moon illuminated by Earthshine (sunlight reflected off of the Earth, off the Moon, then back to us), with Jupiter and Saturn visible above, including a couple of Jupiter’s moons.
Exposed for the crescent moon, still with the planets approaching conjunction above.
Still had some clouds drifting past as the planet rotated around and moved the horizon up toward our celestial display. Plus, as always looking to the west from our front yard, power lines.
Zoomed in all the way on the two planets. This is at 300mm zoom on the “big” lens – the scale is the same as the similar pictures from last Thursday, Monday, and Tuesday. If you compare them, you can see how the planets are getting closer by the day. See, Galileo was right, they DO move!
Zoomed back out as far as this lens goes, here come those trees and the horizon.
I know many of you have cloudy skies these days and I hope that you get some clearing and a chance to see the conjunction in the next few days. The forecast here is pretty good right now, so I’m looking forward to seeing this once in a lifetime event and sharing it with y’all!