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Moon Photography December 18, 2005

Posted by dr. gonzo in Space.

My cool digital camera, a Sony Cyber Shot (corporate monsters) DSC-P150, 7.2 megapixels of quality, photo capability, has afforded me the opportunity to snap photos by the light of the moon.

It’s hard to see in the picture to the left but there is a halo around the moon, about thirty degrees or so out from the moon. It forms a perfect circle all the way around the satellite, although only part of the circle shows up in this photograph.

Moon halos form when ice crystals associated with high and thin clouds, like were present the night of Oct. 18, 2005 over DeKalb, refract light from the moon.

The picture to the right was taken on Nov. 12, 2005, with the same Sony (jerks) digital camera. It was a moony night (no one says moony, everyone says sunny, confused yet?) here in DeKalb and the birch tree next to my balcony offered a perfect web to view the moon through. I thought it looked pretty cool.

The picture below is from the same night as the one on the above. The sun was setting and cast a perfectly eerie orange glow on the southeast sky. All with the moon shining brightly.

Probably have to enlarge the pic below to really see it. But it is the moon and Mars captured very closely together. They were probably seperated by about 10 or 15 degrees (10 degrees is about a fist sized chunk of the sky when the fist is held at arm’s length).

Anyway, that’s all of the moon photos I will subject you to for now.




1. Anonymous - December 19, 2005

Props for getting the Moon and Mars together on a digital. I couldna done it.

2. Desiree - December 19, 2005

These are AMAZING, I love the pinkish-purple sky shot. Awesome job =)

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