Blue Waters Above and Starry Skies Below…Wait, What?

The moon is easing through its waning gibbous phase here in the mid-west.  Every night more and more of it disappears from sight – that is, if I am lucky enough to see it at all.  This is not the case for those onboard the ISS.

This picture was taken May 5th by astronaut André Kuipers. The image belongs to ESA/NASA – I take no credit for it.

This picture – featured on the European Space Agency’s Flickr account and website – is of a supermoon, taken by André Kuipers (a member of the Expedition 31 crew serving aboard the international space station).  The term supermoon is used to describe the point in the moon’s elliptical cycle in which it appears closest to Earth.  The best part about this picture?  Look above the moon…at the planet Earth.  Despite being a bit out of focus, it is still a fascinating part of this photo, and gives the viewer the unique opportunity to gaze at the night sky from a different perspective.  Thank you, André, for sharing your talents with us once again!

Receding Horizons (Not Hairlines)

I fibbed.  I will not be able to finish my post on VMFusion this evening – it’s not yet completed.  My goal is to have it finished and posted tomorrow (I can only hope the Fates agree).

Tonight I looked out the back window of my house and saw Jupiter bright and beautiful underneath the thin sliver of moon in the night sky.  Unfortunately, I could not figure out some of my camera’s settings in time to capture a picture of it, though I am hopeful that tomorrow I may be more successful.  (Cameras are the unknown to me – give me a computer, tablet, or phone and I have no issues, but present me with a camera and I am all thumbs.)  I want to be ready to capture an image of Venus during the month of March, when it will be clearly visible during the day!

“The history of astronomy is a history of receding horizons.”

— Edwin Powell Hubble