2 sec, f/3.5, ISO 400
50mm Sigma lens
|Image date: |
Unlike my previous image of Venus after it returned to the evening sky last month – which was taken in panic mode – I had plenty of time to prepare for this one, a conjunction. The crescent Moon is visible with its dark side glowing from reflected light from the Earth, called Moonshine, or the Ashen Glow. It must be awfully bright at night on the Moon, at least on the side which perpetually faces us.
Above the Moon is Venus and just above Venus is Mars, which seems to be taking an eternity to sink in the West after its inferior conjunction nearly twelve months ago. It will not be until October that it passes from the evening sky and commences another appearance in the morning twilight.
Here in Sydney we have been in covid lock-down since 26th June, after the so-called delta strain escaped our quarantine system and began spreading. Except many people are not staying home and the number of infections is going up faster than the tracing team can isolate them.
Until now a closed border policy has kept our infections and deaths down but now we are back to where we were in March 2020.
We are still very low on actual vaccinations. Our Federal government has botched the vaccine acquisition plan and the planned vaccine rollout itself has been emasculated, with vulnerable front-line workers still waiting, while politicians have been jumping the queue.
Back in March, our Prime Minister was the second person in the country to receive a vaccination, immediately after a ‘token’ elderly woman. In front of the cameras of course. Last year our PM was telling us that Australia was at the head of the vaccine queue. Now we know he really meant that he personally was at the head of the vaccination queue.
Thanks for reading 🙃
Images © Roger Powell
I’m one of the founder members of Macarthur Astronomical Society and current webmaster.