It was cloudy for last night's triple conjunction of the moon with Venus and Mars, so I was hoping with the descending cold it would be clear tonight for a two separate conjunctions, the moon with Uranus and Venus with Mars. I drove out onto Grand Lake and parked my car. I got out and assembled my gear and noticed I was not alone. There was another astrophotographer on the ice. I am not the only crazy individual out in the 4 F cold tonight staring at the stars.
Also, my first time photographing Uranus and the Milky Way. I need to get a wider view lens!
Moon with Uranus; Venus with Mars
Closer view of the foursome
Venus and Mars
Cresent moon with Earthshine and Neptune
Jupiter with the four "Galilean" moons -
Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto
A chilly -18 F this morning. My wife left the house first this morning and soon phoned back, "Sun dogs!" So I hurried the kids into the car and headed to daycare with a few stops along the way for pics. Because the sun is continually rising and changing its angle with the atmosphere, and the atmosphere is continually changing with wind and clouds, the presentation of this atmospheric phenomena continually changes. Sometimes it lasts but moments. Today it presented for a long time, culminating with a halo.
7:46am CST at Munger Shaw Rd
Sun dogs with solar pillar rising up
7:51 am over Caribou Lake
Sun dogs with solar pillar down
8:09 am from Hwy 53 near Twig, MN
Sun dogs, 22 degree solar halo, and a very faint upper tangent arc that is barely visible
I was practicing getting nice stills of birds in flight and I happen to catch some interesting sequences with my camera shooting in continuous mode. So I photoshopped the sequences together for some interesting composites.