Crescent Moon

38.8% Crescent Moon

38.8% waxing crescent moon. The moon had been setting early so I went out in the late afternoon while the sky was still blue. However, exposing for the moon darkened the skies.

38.8% Crescent Moon over Stanford Stadium

Another view of the crescent moon, but from later at night. I found a perspective where the moon was traveling over Stanford Stadium.


Moon and Mars

The moon and the planet Mars.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.



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.


Big Dipper Part 2

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


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),