Got out last night at about 10PM and took a look at Mars. The weather did not cooperate fully. There were clouds all around and I was fighting dew most of the 20 minutes I spent outside. This was astronomy on the run. If I’d had more time, I would have allowed for the telescope to warm up longer, would have allowed my eyes to adjust to the night longer, etc, etc..... Even so, the view was fantastic. Got a pretty clear view of the southern polar cap. The northern polar cap is tilted out of view. I will try again Saturday night and Sunday night when I’ll have much more time. It will be a little bit further away but that won’t matter much to me with my modest equipment. The Hubble images are magnificent. The Hubble does mostly mundane, professional astronomy but every now and then it pays for itself with spectacular wow-the-public views of space and the solar system. That thing is worth every penny spent on it.
Interesting, but I wonder about software developers saying something is easy. First, I think what’s “easy” to them may not be easy to the rest of us and second, everything to do with software should be fairly “easy” to them. Just thoughts, I’m probably missing the point.
Blog of the day here.
Quote from said blog: “The NYC skyline as it's almost never been seen"
Spectacular image. Worth the visit. -Rob