Jupiter-Moon (aka Happy New Year 2012)

Happy New Year!

First blog of the year 2012 – and so many thoughts and observations to blog about. Where to start?

Okay this isn’t exactly in the chronological order – but then, they say neither is Time itself – that is to say, Time is not linear??! And Space-Time is warped and the closest distance between 2 points is not a straight line, but a curved line etc.

Back to the New Year. Or rather to the picture.  This one was taken on 2nd Jan’12, at 23.59hrs.  It’s been brightened slightly, contrast increased, and obviously reduced in size.   But apart from that, what you see is the waxing moon and the planet Jupiter – no special effects. Just a digital camera set to 3 Megapixels, put on 10 seconds timer to reduce any shakes, sat on a normal ladder outside, and put on night mode (takes an exposure of about 4-5 seconds I think).

Astrologers say Jupiter and Moon are both auspicious, and Venus – so am posting this picture as the first entry of 2012  (I saw all 3 a few days later at the same time…albeit separated by half a sky.  They will be conjunct in a few moons, so should appear right next to each other).

I’ll put a reminder nearer the time.  Meanwhile, around 24th January, we should see Moon with Venus. Am hoping for a photo like this for that event.  If you have a digital camera, just go out there and take it.  Astronomy starts easy!!

-Mani

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