Moon, and Venus

So wonderful to learn new things about Pluto. Then again, our own moon never fails to amaze. Tonight it put on a show with Venus. (Supposedly Jupiter was nearby but either I was too late out or something was in the way of it).

Laudato si, mi Signore, per sora Luna e le stelle:
in celu l’ài formate clarite et pretiose et belle.

Be praised, my Lord, through Sister Moon and the stars;
in the heavens You have made them bright, precious and beautiful.

From the Canticle of the Sun by Saint Francis of Assisi.


Handheld but leaning against a building for steadiness, necessary at 200mm.

Lunar Eclipse, Fall 2014

As noted by the excellent Father Z, in the East Coast of the US we had a lunar eclipse that did turn the moon reddish. Here are two photos (from two different cameras). The larger image of the moon is cropped and had noise reduced, otherwise unedited. The one showing the landscape I brightened slightly with curves in Photoshop. In each case, the color is straight out of camera.

Praise him, sun and moon; praise him, all you shining stars! Praise him, you highest heavens, and you waters above the heavens! Let them praise the name of the Lord, for he commanded and they were created. (Ps. 148)