Crescent moon

When we’re on the road, I always keep a camera at hand. And surprisingly there are times when the old iPhone 4 can do better than the little Sony camera. This was one of those times – twilight and shooting a target 240,000 miles away out of the passenger window at (ahem) the speed limit. It took a more than a dozen shutter clicks to finally get the moon in focus while the trees of the Arkansas Delta rushed by.
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Serenity now!

Just one of those evenings where the only things to say are “oooooh” and “aaaaah.”

Thin crescent moon in sunset.
Crescent moon shines as setting sun paints the sky.

And the sharp-eyed observers in Greenbrier, Arkansas, found a planet hiding in the pixels. Props to @AstroScanObs!

Asto Scan

Lunar eclipse

As much as we hate getting up early on the weekend, the bright moon beamed its own wakeup call through the unshaded window just before 5 a.m.  — just in time for us to see the show. And what a show it was!  The composite below begins at 5:21 a.m. CDT and the last frame was taken at 6:07 a.m., just as the sun was rising.  The full eclipse was too faint to see in the dawn-bright sky.

composite of lunar eclipse phases
LUNAR ECLIPSE — How it looked from suburban Ferndale on April 4, 2015.  It was the first clear sky day we’ve had in weeks, it seems.
moon entering eclipse
GOOD MORNING — Shadow just beginning to move across the moon.

Weekly photo challenge: Silhouette

Silhouette” has come up again as a theme for the weekly photo challenge. (The last time was in October 2012.) And again, we turn to our nearest neighbor, using its light to throw other objects in silhouette.

 

Setting moon obscured by clouds.
Narrow clouds in silhouette against the setting super moon of Aug. 10.

 

Photobombed!

After weeks of rain and cloud cover that denied us a chance to see the Perseids this year we had a run of clear days and nights, giving August’s blue moon a chance to shine. Ran out on the deck before work to capture it. As I clicked off frame after frame, the local hummingbirds swirled around in their usual aerial battles. One of them managed a little photobombing.

Moonset
Blue moon setting over the misty Ouachitas.
Full moon.
Tighter shot of our August blue moon.