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PostPosted: October 18th, 2021, 7:53 am 
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Clear skies tonight or tomorrow... looking good in Ontario to be out there for cosmic celestial views, warm western sunset color along with cold blue tones in the east. A day or two before the published full moon (Oct 20) may result in a moonrise/sunset at the right moment. The best I'll be able to do is the Toronto waterfront... moonrise/sunset last year, when a lot of gulls also happened to be flying around for some reason.

PS... useless fact for the day... the dark blue zone bordered by a pinkish band above, appearing over the eastern horizon as sunset and moonrise progresses is known IIRC as Venus' Girdle, where the earth's shadow rises under the brighter and warmish portion of the atmosphere still lit up by sunset light. Venus will actually be at the other side to the west, closer to and orbiting the sun when it is visible... a few weeks ago as a bright evening star easily seen at sunset along with Mars and Mercury if you were in a dark skies area.



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PostPosted: October 20th, 2021, 7:00 am 
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The much-anticipated results... skies over Lake Ontario & Toronto last night were clear enough to allow the moon to appear as it rose over the horizon... moonrise was several minutes after sunset this time, after most of the sunset glow had faded in the east. Sunset was far enough south to reflect squarely in the glass from downtown buildings (this does not happen midsummer with the sun further north).

Watching planes taking off from the island airport in front of the full moon, through binoculars, could have provided some great shots with a telephoto and tripod. My hand-held pocket camera exposure times dropped from 1/250 to 1/30 sec, image stabilization reduced blur in the low-light exposures.

Still very warm this late in the year, mosquitoes and stable flies biting, and lots of people out there including paddlers.



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