Tag: astronomy

Weekly Photo Challenge: Solitary


Follow this blog for a while, and you will find me talking about something about our terrestrial neighborhood.  This picture really stands out to me as the purest example of the word Solitary.  The moon just might be one of the most photographed solitary objects I know of.  My shot really holds me because of the inky black surrounding the brighter object that seems to be trying to escape into the darkness itself.

It is almost funny to think that it has been 43 years since man first set foot on the most remote place human beings have ever personally laid eyes on.  That moment when the late Neil Armstrong stood  alone 250,000 miles away from home doesn’t get much more solitary than that.

This early spring shot was my first attempt at shooting the moon, and I was really quite taken with the power of the picture, and I hope you will be too.



An ‘Opportunity’ to Criticize

Once again Mars is in the news.  Once again we have sent a rover to explore our solar neighbor.  The photographs have already started to flow in.  Even though the robotic explorer has not done much exploring, or moving around, we are still getting some interesting photographs.  These high quality images are the next best thing to being there in person.  Already though, there are critics of the photography coming back.  There are complaints about the lack of High Def detail, and the mega pixel count is a bit low by the standards of others.  For still others it is the optics that aren’t quite up to snuff.

For these nay-sayers…these arm-chair engineers…these back of the room photographers…I just have this to say:

“It’s on %$#@* Mars!”


That’s No Moon…

Well you probably know the rest.  I had intended to post a picture of the “super-sized” moon we had last night.  It was the closest the moon would be to our Earth for a good long time.  Alas, in my region of the world, the view was obscured by the thick steel gray cloud cover.  On the up side we did get some spring-like precipitation in the area, in the form of some thunderstorms.  So I just thought I would share my version of a super moon with you today.

I did provide some links below to some pictures others took of the event.  Please feel free to enjoy those at your leisure.