Lunar Eclipse | 8 Nov 2022

It was election day in the U.S. I was up early to go serve as a poll watcher at my local voting place. Because of the lunar eclipse, I was up to view it before leaving the house. The Moon was low in the northwest beginning to encounter some tree branches.

In this first photo, the time was 5:26 am still during the totality phase. A dark tree branch in the foreground can be seen running vertically. I opened a living room window for the image using my digital camera on full zoom. Not quite in focus.

5:26 am | Canon PowerShot SX60 HS | ISO 1600 | 0.6s

I waited awhile for it to emerge from totality at 5:46 am. By then, it had moved farther down into the tree branches to see from the living room. I took the camera and tripod out to the driveway and got a clear view some 3 minutes later.

5:49 am | Canon PowerShot SX60 HS | ISO 1600 | 0.20s

Jupiter Rising | 8 Sep 2022

Jupiter rose over the tree across the street a few minutes after 9 pm. With camera on a tripod and on full zoom, the intervalometer was set for 1 minute intervals of 10 exposures. The camera was set to ISO 800 and ¼ second. I hoped for just enough exposure to barely reveal the moons and not overexpose Jupiter too much. Europa was barely visible left of Jupiter. Ganymede and Callisto farther to the right. Smoke haze from western state forest fires dimmed the sky. After the exposures, Pixelmator Pro was used to layer them in this image.

JWST | Cartwheel Galaxy

The James Webb Space Telescope provided the most detailed look to date of the Cartwheel Galaxy with the image release on 2 Aug 2022. The galaxy was first observed by the U.K. Schmidt telescope and then by the Anglo-Australian Telescope. It lies about 500 mega lt-yrs from us in the constellation of Sculptor. A much larger and high resolution image is available for you at this link. When there, scroll down and look for Download Options. I will use the detailed image to point out some highlights farther down in this post.

JWST | August 2022
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Night and Morning Sky Shows

Recent good weather provided two viewing opportunities about 8 hours apart. The first was an International Space Station pass over our area on 30 July 2022. The ISS was to appear low in the NW sky at about 9:41 pm, pass overhead at about 65˚ elevation, then disappear into Earth’s shadow low in the SE at about 9:47 pm. I programmed my camera to take a series of images to record the progress across the sky. It was set to record 1-second images of ISO 3200 about 10 seconds apart. I pressed start and the program didn’t do what I expected. So, I did it manually.

The images were placed into iMovie for this video of ISS playing peek-a-boo with some clouds.

The second sky views came at around 5:25 am the next morning on 31 July. I planned to view 5 of the planets. I looked south to easily find Jupiter high in the sky. The Galilean moons were arranged left to right Callisto, Ganymede, Io, and Europa.

Callisto, Ganymede, Jupiter, Io, Europa

Looking east revealed Venus rising well before the Sun.

The prize for the morning included Mars and Uranus in the same field of view.

Finally, I looked around me to see Earth cast in the morning light to top off the 5 planets.