Tuesday, December 2, 2008

What's Your Function?

When I got home last night I looked out over my balcony and this is what I saw:

OK, so it's not the clearest picture in the world, but it does capture an interesting celestial event, the conjunction of the moon, Venus and Jupiter. Jupiter is, I believe, the very faint dot on the right side of the picture.

Here's a somewhat better, but a bit more blurry view of the astronomical threesome:

This kind of reminds me of the time a friend and I took a three-hour drive down south of Houston a couple of years ago, late in the evening and into the morning, to see closest conjunction of the Earth and Mars. Truth be told, while we expected to see craters and such on Mars through the telescope, the view was a bit underwhelming. Mars was just a really, really bright dot in the summer sky.

Still, it was pretty cool.

Anywhatsit, I just wanted to share.


Lemmonex said...


Did you know you can track the lost toolbag in space as well? Pretty awesomely nerdy, me thinks.


FoggyDew said...

Lem - I heard something about that. Apparently, you don't even need a telescope, you can see it with a good pair of binoculars. Seeing as how it cost $100k, it'll be fun watching it burn up on reentry.

LiLu said...

That's gorgeous! Thank you. I also did something very pretty last night... you'll see tomorrow :-)

FoggyDew said...

LiLu - Thanks. Can't wait to see what you have in store for us.

Kate said...

I saw this last night, too. It was so gorgeous in the sky. An upside down frown.

FoggyDew said...

Hi Kate - I heard tell that before it looked like an upside down frown, Venus and Jupiter were above the moon making it look like a smiley face. That would have been cool to get a pic of.