I do not own a tripod, but this convinced me I should, just for events in the dark. Not a timed-exposure either, but I did drag a kitchen chair outside to steady my hand. This is the Moon (obviously the larger orb), and the INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION, as seen from my back yard, early this morning (with some clever positioning to cut out the massive highway light behind the palm tree). There are tiny stars visible in the shot, down and to the right of the moon, so you can compare sizes.
I love star gazing - probably because my dad is a Moon Man (yep, that's right - he worked for the defense contractor, Martin Marietta, for some 30+ years, on all missile launches, etc. That qualifies him for Moon Man, at least in his kid's eyes!)
Need proof? This will segue nicely into my post later today, but this is something we ran into at a museum recently, that he built (worked on - I like built better!) during his years as a Moon Man. I believe he told me it's a Manned Maneuvering Pack for astronauts to jump around the Moon in, or something like that - pretty technical stuff. The kind that he could tell you about, but then have to kill you.
These were shot from the hip as the sky lightened, because I had just enough light to not need the tripod that I will be buying later today. Last night at 6:20pm PST, our weatherman announced that the Space Station would be visible to the naked eye. I immediately ran outside, but could not find it where it was supposed to be - mainly because it was still too light, but also because Vegas has captured the market on LIGHTS, making star gazing really hard, unless you get out of town (I have been known to drive 30 miles at midnight to catch a meteor shower - oh, yes I did). I called the Moon Man but alas, the skies in Denver were cloudy last evening.
These were taken looking south/southeast behind my house this morning - they said that it would be the brightest thing in the sky, besides the Moon, when you spotted it...they weren't lying. Visible through March...if you missed it last night, there will be others.
For more information, and exactly where to look in the skies over your area (if you're not a Moon Man and know already), check out SPOT THE STATION.NASA.GOV (just click on the highlighted link there). Back later on with highlights from Wings Over the Rockies @ Lowry Air Force Base. This one was for you, Moon Man! XOXO