Monday, December 5, 2005

FOUR PLANETS AND A MOON


I probably couldn't post this any bigger if I could stick in the text of my journal instead of doing it above. This is a screen grab from a couple of nights ago. The view is of the southern sky. I love the beautiful shot of the new moon framed in Capricorn. Along the white line there are Uranus, Neptune, and Venus. Little Pluto is off to one side.


Of course the only planet you can actually see without a telescope is Venus. I've been lucky the last few nights. The rain would break off on my way home from work and you could see the evening star through the break in the clouds. Let's see what else I can dig up. Entry will probably load like a snail but what the heck.



Image take with the Magellan space craft. How Venus would look without her cloud cover. Photo from Astronomy photo of the day.



A kind of blurry infrared shot taken by Hubble and posted on the same site. Shows the thin ring system surrounding Uranus.The white dots are moons (I think) and I'm not sure which ones.



Shot from the Voyager space craft during the 1989 fly by. Remarkable shot of some fine clouds at the top of the atmosphere.Posted on the same site


Working with the computer is fun. I can see things that I wouldn't be able to see even if I had a telescope. Between the lights, the hill and the trees you aren't left with much sky to see. Anyway, I had fun putting this together. :-) So, for awhile I'll post above when I have to and in the journal when I can.


And I noticed when I finally read this over this morning that my typing wasn't worth diddly last night. LOL


5 comments:

visionarydiva1 said...

I never was really into the planets. The colors are cut though...I would hang something like this in my office.

Amy
http://journals.aol.com/visionarydiva1/AVisionaryDiva/

lisaram1955 said...

Well.  I see you've managed one or two "big pictures..."  Lisa :-]  

toonguykc said...

On the nights I can't sleep, I'll crawl out of bed and go lie on the couch and stare at the big screen with the public access channel on.  They sometimes link to live NASA feeds of space shots of Mother Earth and occassionally to shots of distant probes photographing different planets and moons.  It puts me in such a peaceful state.

Hug,
Russ

tenyearnap said...

I always enjoy looking at the Hubble pictures. Even with the cost of tweaking the lens, Hubble was worth every penny!

It is a shame that Light Pollution has put such a damper on night sky watching in many areas, including here. There's a link to the Dark Sky organization on my journal--they have suggestions for communities that want to lessen/eliminate light pollution.
http://journals.aol.com/tenyearnap/Passerdomesticus

thinkingoutloud said...

Those are some awesome photos.

Makes you just want to climb up into space and stay a while.

Niki