Under a Starry New York Night(NYC Blackout, July 13, 2019)
Courtesy of power failure/blackout and a cloudless night.
One more here, from my post-event quest to identify some of what I saw on this rare night of seeing night-sky in NYC.
Just as I have more or less settled on believing -from several skywatch reports and charts that I could see without owning an app - I was looking at an unusually bright Saturn and Jupiter, in addition to near-full moon. While 90% of my shots - hand-held, no tripod, near or total darkness - were blurry or too dark, happily 10% (of a bunch) turned out, well, at least "interesting". Including this.
Turns out there may be much more here than moon, Jupiter, Saturn (though I still can't solidly show the two planets in proper position relative to me, moon, and each other). For example, there are surely some distant stars here, but also one red dot which did not move at all, so not an airplane. (The 2nd dot here I don't see in other images, so maybe that's a plane - or not.)
So here's my take-away shot, the clearest I have of the sky and foreground too (I must have used some flat surface like a news stand as a monopod). All sorts of things. Not the best shot here of Saturn (I have a better one, crisp and clear, but still small, as I was using a high-speed wide-angle lens for the street shots). And the moon is hidden here (but popping through in 3D!) from its path and mine (moon constantly changed, while Saturn stuck close by). But.... "Context and perspective"
I'm standing here directly in front of Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, on 13th July (night of the blackout), at 9:56PM (21:56) EST/New York, under Northern sky, facing SouthEast.
Any astronomy buffs who can get a chart of what we're seeing here??
Meanwhile, I put together a sampler page of Blackout 2019 images @ http://www.fenichel.com/blackout19.shtml
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