It was 430am and I was following my morning workday ritual. I loaded my backpack, my running gear, and lunch box into the back of the car and then pressed the button to open the garage.
As I always do, I stepped into the driveway and took a survey of the sky.
No clouds. It was clear.
Holy cow! Venus, the Moon, and Jupiter were having a conjunction. It was beautiful. I stood there staring at it for a few moments.
On a lark, I reached into my pocket and pulled out my phone. Honestly, I didn't expect much. It was dark and it was a phone camera, afterall. And then, I remembered that my phone, a Google Pixel 3XL, has a "Night Sight" mode for the camera.
I framed the image of the sky on the screen and pushed the button to take the photo. The camera app put up a little message, "Hold still."
I held still.
A few moments later, this image appeared.
|Venus, Moon, and Jupiter Conjunction|
It's not great astrophotography, but is a pretty good image from a phone!
Below, I labeled the visible stars.
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