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The Skies are Made of Diamonds

March 4th, 2015

I am very lucky to have my computer desk (and my work space) set up near the window facing east. Every day I can see beautiful sunsets and eventually the moon. 

Did you know that Earth has two moons? Cruithne was discovered in 1996, and it is a quasi-orbital satellite of the Earth. It doesn't loop around the Earth like the moon, it moves in a horseshoe orbit instead.

Anyway, a few weeks ago something glimmering through the blinds caught my attention. When I looked out of the window, I saw the brightest half-moon among millions of starts. Of course, I could not resist taking a few pictures. These are more of experimental and playful shots. One of them had an airplane fly right through, I waved to the passengers. Next time I will try to get a longer tail via longer exposure. 

During this time the comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy was passing by, and I tried to catch it in one of the shots. I photographed along its trajectory near Orion's belt and upwards, but I'm not sure I can see it there. Perhaps, it is there and I just can't identify it, or I photographed in a wrong place. Another possibility is that my lens is not strong enough to magnify the comet to a visible size. At any rate, I had a splendid night on my cozy balcony and I kept on shooting until the moon hid behind the buildings. Enjoy the shine of these diamonds and look up every time you get a chance!


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