The last couple of days, I've been enjoying the views of the night sky I have as I arrive home. Above, is how the sky looks to the east, towards the lights of the stores and parking lots. Usually, it's an annoyance, as I don't get to see many stars because of the light pollution. Still, on cloudy nights, it lights up the cloud terrain quite strikingly. I wish my camera could do it justice.
The big news, of course, is the rare (ish) planetary alignment of Jupiter and Venus so close to where the moon shows in the sky. The larger "star" is Venus (much closer to us) and the smaller one is Jupiter, much larger in the real sense, but so very very far away. Click on the link for a better explaination.
I felt lucky that the neighbor children were playing tag in their front yard as I got home. I called them over to show them what was above their heads. They thought it was pretty neat. I did too.
Of course, it took me a LOT of tries to get the clear (ish) picture of the moon and planets. I didn't have a tripod with me, and it's hard to hold still long enough for the right setting on the camera to do its best. I make a poor tripod. Which, if you consider it, is odd, as I've just about become a permanent tripod myself. Me and my canes...
Not so good. Streaks against the sky wasn't what I was looking for... BUT! It could get much worse.
How much worse?
No, this isn't a frantic call for Superman. Interesting effect, but definitely not what I wanted. Oh well. It was my first attempt at the setting and I'll have to try it again.
Y'all keep looking up.
Oh, I hope it will be easier to comment today. I've set it so anyone, even anonymous can comment. I'll do the moderating later.