Late Night thoughts about outer space, man, the universe, slow time and the mystery of it all. Song by Jack Tempchin
Did you see the smiley face in the sky, formed by a rare alignment of heavenly bodies on the 1st of December 2008?
Right on schedule on Monday evening, Venus, Jupiter and a three-day-old crescent moon have appeared as a smiley face above the western horizon.
While they appeared to be close together, in reality they weren't.
The crescent moon is 403,000km away while Venus is 149.5 million km away and Jupiter 870 million km.
It will be another five years before it appears again,
but the next time the three will be as close and visible as this week will be Nov 18, 2052.
Hope you guys saw it, as it was truly beautiful.
First shot was taken with my small photographic digital camera, which only has a 3x zoom.
By the time I got the HV20 out, it was dark.
There was a light cloud passing as I was taping and it made the planets (eyes of the face) wink.
It truly was magnificent when the sky was a deep blue with the 'Smiley Face' beaming down upon us.
That's when I ran to get my camera and tripod, but by the time I got everything ready it already started to get dark...
Oh man, now I have to wait until 2052 before I get another shot at it.
So please wait, I promise to get a better shot then ;-)
Test new lens (F/2,8 at 16 mm with full sized frame).
From 1:00 am to 4:00 am. Clear sky and combination of "green"(mercuric) and "warm" outdoor lamps creates interesting view
Part real time - part timelapse footage of a typical evening at the Stockport Observatory, home to the Astronomical Society of South Australia (ASSA).
I'm quite happy with this film, as it's the first time I have used a still camera (Canon EOS 350D) to take a whole series (520) of images back to back, all of which were 30 seconds exposure. This allowed me to do a night time timelapse sequence, which was correctly exposed to capture the beauty of the Milky Way.
It took a bit of processing in Premier Pro, but in my opinion it was worth the effort.
240 still photos joined together in two different ways to produce timelapses of the rotation of the night sky around the pole over a 7 hour period.
Shot at the Stockport Observatory, to the North of Adelaide, SA, home to the Astronomical Society of South Australia.
I've gotta say - I'm well pleased with this one! :oD
Music is "Play Dead" by Bjork and David Arnold.
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