Staying Up Way Too Late for a Cool Trio

March 15th, 2017, 1:10 a.m. local time

The configuration of the cosmos waits for no one.  By midnight, I knew I had to stay up a tad longer to see the Moon in proximity to both Jupiter and Spica.  Despite the unseasonably cold chill, it was a rewarding experience thanks to a mostly clear early morning.

Obviously, the Moon is glaring bright.  I set my exposure to 1/6000 to get this:

Previously, when the Moon was smaller, I got away with 1/3000.  But even 1/3000 was a bit too bright, so when the Moon is near full, I will have to speed up the shutter to reveal surface detail.

I cannot wait to return to all the fun of imagining Jupiter – cloud bands and Great Red Spot and Galilean moons all!  Just have to be patient a little while longer.  For now, I will remember this cool moment, and be glad I captured it.



I write frequently about astrophotography, technology advice, and my other interests like science fiction. I have over 30 years of experience in computer programming, information technology, and project management.

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