Mont Saint-Michel at Night

Mont Saint-Michel was an unbelievable experience. Once the tourists emptied out, the town quieted down for the night. This was a 15 second exposure that was timed around the shuttle bus that travels back-and-forth along (and vibrates) the bridge.

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Memorial Church and the Planets Saturn and Jupiter

Planetary Alignment

The Moon (99% waxing gibbous), accompanied by Saturn and Jupiter, rises above Memorial Church at Stanford University. In terms of lining up the moon with a building, visit Photo Ephemeris, which is pretty accurate. In retrospect, I should have consulted it beforehand. Instead, I used the augmented reality feature in PhotoPills, which was not as precise.

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Comet NEOWISE Rising at Dawn

Comet NEOWISE rising above the San Francisco bay. I love the soft pastels of the morning light, as well as the clear delineation between the night sky and the coming morning sun.

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James H. Clark Center at Stanford

One of the cooler buildings on the Stanford campus, the Clark Center is home to Bio-X, a multi-disciplinary lab that pulls from researchers from the departments of biology, chemistry, physics, engineering and medicine.

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Comet NEOWISE Tail

When I searched up NEOWISE on Starry Night, I discovered that there were multiple sky objects named after NEOWISE, the project searching for “near-Earth objects and comets that could pose an impact hazard to the Earth.” The one that we are all excited about right now is C/2020 F3, which currently is visible in the hour or so before sunrise.

This photo was taken at ISO 100, 200mm, f/2.8 and 8.0s. At 200mm, I should have limited the shutter to 2.5 seconds to avoid star trails.

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Comet NEOWISE

Finally found the Comet NEOWISE (C/2020 F3) on my third attempt. I couldn’t find it when I was scanning the horizon, but it showed up in a wide angle photo I took.

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Big Dipper Part 2

Got all the stars in the handle this time. Next time, I’ll try to get Polaris as well.

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The Big Dipper

One of the easier to find star patterns in the night sky. The Big Dipper is composed of these seven stars: Phecda, Merak, Dubhe, Megrez, Alioth, Mizar and Alkaid (which I inadvertently cut off),

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Waxing Gibbous Moon at 65% Illumination

Been cloudy as of late. I found a rare few minutes last night when the evening moon emerged from behind the cloudy layer overhead. The entire time, I could see the clouds passing in the front of the moon.

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Moon in the Gemini Constellation

When exposing for the dark side of the crescent moon, a lot of faint stars begin to appear. This one was taken at ISO 1000, f/2.8 and 1/5s.

If you are curious about the stars in your photographs, you can upload them to Astrometry.net, which will identify them with an overlay.

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