The Moon and Mars are Friends

Believe it or not, trying to take a picture of the Moon with a regular digital camera doesn't work very well.

The big blurry thing is the Moon. The little blurry thing next to the big blurry thing is Mars. It looks better through human eyes, trust me. Apparently Mars is going to wandering around the sky quite a bit over the next few weeks, so go out and have a look. It'll be the reddish star-looking thing that isn't twinkling.

Some day, far into the future, I'll get myself a camera adapter for the telescope, but for now I'll have to settle for my precious memories, and photos that look like something out of an American remake of a Japanese horror movie.

Other things I spotted tonight, without bothering with the telescope:

Orion (not that hard)
Castor and Pollux
The Hyades Cluster (I think)
The Pleiades (surprisingly easy to find if you know what you're looking for)

I also may have spotted the Orion Nebula, conveniently located just about where Orion's genitals would be, but I wouldn't have been able to distinguish it from the surrounding stars without the telescope.

No, I'm not turning this into an astronomy blog. I'll have plenty to say about New Jersey v. Delaware later this week, never you mind.

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