Saturn, the planet, is 1.2 billion kilometers away from Earth. Today evening I just had to cover a distance of 4 meters, from my couch to the patio, to take pictures of these rings. Well you can say counterfeit Saturn rings. I was enthralled to see the clouds arranging themselves in a circular ring pattern and the good old Sun lighting them from behind, giving them an apparent look of the aforementioned rings.
…well nearly. I missed the astronomical event of the year. A total lunar eclipse took place between September 27 and 28, 2015 but I was probably snoring in my bed when the reddish Super Blood Moon was casting its eerie glow on us Earthlings. Anyway I was quite prepared the next day and made this exposure using the Canon 75-300 mm lens. This is not as red as the Super Moon but it is a fair enough evidence for my personal records.
For another such lunar exposure which I made in 2014 visit here.
Took the following photographs at different display windows in the Franklin Park Mall, Toledo, OH.
Note on post-processing. I processed these photographs in Adobe Lightroom 6, my first experience with LR. And guess what? I am throughly convinced as to why LR is the best image processing software out there. Post-processing was like a cake walk. Thanks Adobe for making this master piece of a software available to us.
21st March 2015 was a special day for astronomers, sky-observers and enthusiasts alike. First it was the Vernal Equinox, second it was a solar eclipse and third was that Venus, Mars and our Moon could be seen placed very close to each other.
For me it was serendipity. Samarth pointed at the crescent moon and I ran to capture it with the Canon 70-300 mm. It was only after I saw the photos on the laptop did I realize that the red dot could be planet Mars. A simple Google search confirmed that indeed it was Mars. Also I came to know that the bright spot above Moon was Venus. To make things more serendipitous my camera also captured the trail of a shooting star!
Known in layman terms as “Space Suit”, the Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) is actually a personal spacecraft. It has 14 layers between the astronaut’s skin and the vacuum of space, in three assemblies: the liquid cooling garment assembly to keep the astronaut from overheating, the pressure garment assembly to retain air pressure within the suit and the thermal micrometeoroid garment assembly to reflect the sun’s heat and stop small bits of flying space debris. Other luxuries in the suit include a one liter drink bag, providing water during space walk and a maximum absorbency garment (an adult diaper!) for those awkward moments of life.
The following photograph was taken at the National Air and Space Museum.