Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Young Moon

My friend Joe sent an email to our astronomy club e-group this afternoon, alerting us that the thinnest wisp of the Moon would be visible in the evening twilight. So after work I headed to a local park to try and spot it. I did.

The Moon was 26 hours and 27 minutes old when I clicked the shutter for this image. The third youngest moon I've seen (and photographed). It was surprisingly easy to see in the civil twilight sky.

Click the image (and any other of the images on this blog) to bigafy. You'll see Venus in the upper left and the wisp of the moon at the middle right. This is what it looked like in the field.

Lookout! An airplane notices it at the last minute and veers to miss. That was close.

The minutes ticked away. The Moon sank toward the horizon. The skies darkened. Slowly the earthshine illuminated the lunar globe.

Alas, this is the last image I took, as the park staff came and chased me out as they were closing.


Ron a.k.a. Danudin said...

A definite mevets three, sha,e on those disrespectful park staff.

Chesney said...

What a wonderful progression of shots...that last shot is a winner indeed, how cool!

Kerri said...

You are too funny with the airplane shot. Nice set of shots. The moon is the last one is so pretty!

Anonymous said...

Fun series and fabulous earth shine on the last. Nice that you got the airplane so soon after Robert(Airplane) Graves died

Anonymous said...

Stunning! I absolutely love the last shot!