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Thursday, January 1, 2009

SkyWatch Friday and Happy New Year



A crescent moon and a star below, my last outdoor sight of the old year and first of the new. A star (see note at bottom) to wish apon a moon to swing on. What more can I ask of the night sky which to me loomed as a pure delight last night. I'm posting my SkyWatch photograph a little early as it is doubling for my New Year's Day post. Happy New Year!

You can find other SkyWatch photographs from around the world a little later in the day, by clicking on SkyWatch.

NOTE - After reading the comments from some of you I realize that what I thought was a star at first glance was venus. I need to brush up on my astronomy knowledge, I'm not great about knowing what I see. I looked back through my photos and realized I should have know the "star" was a planet and below is a close up image of Venus I took. The quality isn't great but even I can tell that's not a star in the closeup.

25 comments:

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Clever idea for the first post of the year!
All the best in 2009!

Mirage said...

That's lovely, I might think that was a planet than a star! Happy swf!

Steffi said...

Happy New Year 2009 and Happy SWF!Really nice picture!

imac said...

Great way to end and enter the old and new. great shot.

Gill - That British Woman said...

what a great photo.......

Gill in Canada

archiearchive said...

Just beautiful!

Happy New Year.

Colin Campbell said...

Very clever and lovely shot.

Lilli & Nevada said...

Nice shot with the star and the moon
Happy New Year

vincibene said...

Happy New Year!
Moon and Venus - fantastic!

Rose said...

Nice one, Carver! Happy New Year to you!

napaboaniya said...

Carver, Happy 2009!
It's so good to see you back at blogging.

Nice shot :)

Indrani said...

Beautiful shot! It was Venus, I think.

A very Happy New Year to you my friend.

Sylvia K said...

Fabulous shot! Really lovely! Thanks for sharing.

janeywan said...

Did you see Jupiter and Mercury along with this last evening? I have a photo similar to yours, I wasn't able to get one with all in the same photo either. Darn it!
Quite a sight for those of us who did.

Horsoon said...

Happy New Year, Carver! Missed your pics, and look forward to more great shots from you.

esnorway said...

nice pic happy new year

Rocky Mtn. Girl said...

Well, this is awesome... what a great photo!
Nice to see you Carver.
Happy New Year to you.....
All the very best to you and your family...
~Michele~

The Arthur Clan said...

A beautiful way to celebrate the new year!

Wren said...

Lovely end to 2008 and great start to 2009. Happy skywatch and happy new year.

fishing guy said...

Carver: What a neat capture of the Moon and Venus. The close-up of venus was great.
You can always tell the difference when looking in the sky because planets don't blink. If you look at any star, because of the distance away it will flicker, but the planet is a solid reflected light from the sun.

Have a great 2009.

lissa said...

I think anyone can make it a mistake, it looks like a star in a way

have a great 2009!

Tootie said...

Happy sky watching in 2009!

babooshka said...

Brilliant and spooky. Happy 2009

michael bird said...

Saw the same sky and wondered what the planet/star was. Tks for the Venus id.

Mojo said...

Great job! I tried getting that same shot after I got home from shooting the early fireworks downtown, but the trees were in the way by the time I got home and I was freezing so I didn't bother going back out to get it from another angle.

But star or planet, the two of them are pretty spectacular when they hang out together like this. I just wish I'd gotten a better shot when Jupiter joined them last month!

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