On October 8, I got up early to observe and photograph the lunar eclipse. These two shots were my favorites.
The blue glow effect in this first shot is the result of a mistake – I wasn’t using a lens hood to prevent internal reflection. So it’s wrong, but I think it looks kinda cool, like a rocket has taken off from the lunar surface and left a trail behind, or the moon is sporting a tail like a comet, or a lunar volcano is venting … my imagination smiles at all the possible explanations. What do you think it looks like?
This second shot shows a tri-color moon – the red “blood” eclipsed moon, a central gray band, and the still-sunlit white moon. So different from the normal, stark black and white moon. What would it be like to have a multicolored satellite?
A very exciting, non-writing life milestone for me in September was delivering my oldest to university. In Scotland. Far, far away. We spent our first night in Edinburgh where I got this beautiful shot of the moon with Edinburgh castle.
This week, I got to see something really, really, really cool at work. I got to go on a tour of the Lunar Sample Lab through my company. It was *awesome*!
You can read my blog post about the tour on the ERC blog.
Summer vacation this year took us to Peru, where we greatly enjoyed experiencing another culture and exploring the Inca ruins, including the magnificent Machu Picchu. I also enjoyed photographing the moon and stars that can only be seen in the Southern Hemisphere. The Southern Cross looks like a kite to me.
View from our Lima hotel room:
View from our Cusco hotel room:
View from our Aguas Calientes hotel room:
Moon through Inca doorway:
Shadow Selfie with Moon and Inca Stonework:
Moon with Inca Stonework:
Moon over Urubamba River with stone piles:
Southern Stars from Aguas Calientes – Southern Cross and Alpha Centauri:
The full Moon: beauty in lava flows and impact craters.
Driving home this evening, I was struck by the beautiful sight of the nearly full Moon with Jupiter. With the dynamic range of the human eye, Jupiter looked quite bright while the Moon had some detail. With the more limited dynamic range of the camera, I could not capture the range. The picture of the pair below was taken with two two-stop graduated neutral density filters, and yet Jupiter (to the left) is hard to see and the Moon lacks detail. I was pleased with how my unfiltered pictures of the Moon solo turned out. Enjoy!
As the fog rolled in this morning, it made a neat halo around the Moon. The first picture shows Jupiter above the Moon; the second zooms in to try to capture the dynamic range I experienced in person – I could see both the lunar features and the fog halo.