round one

Pleiades, Taurus, Gemini, Orion and the hunter’s fierce dog Siris shining through the clouds. The mountain and landscape is illuminated from the valley’s man-made light bouncing off the clouds.

We headed out last night before the peak of the Geminid Meteor Shower to get the jump on the shooting stars. It was overcast so we pointed the camera towards any opening. Lisa saw several meteors. I saw one spectacular one, unfortunately our cameras were pointed elsewhere. That’s the way it goes.

We are planning to go back out tonight. The weather looks about the same. It’s only about -15°c but feels colder, not because of wind chill but because I’m getting old. I don’t think it phases Lisa though. I just try to keep up.

With luck we will spot some. Even if we don’t I’m damn lucky.

10 thoughts on “round one

    1. underswansea

      Hi Carol, the landscape is lit by the lights in the valley bouncing off the cloud cover. The constellations are defined because of the same reason. In really dark skies constellations can be hard to pick out among the many visible stars. Wishing you the very best. Bob.

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  1. Jim R

    No luck here. Clouds all evening and most of the night to come. Instead, I watched online from a streaming site in Spain. I could see 1 or 2 every minute, plus multiple satellites, and airplanes.


    1. underswansea

      Hi Jim, we also were out of luck, we tried to push through it to a higher elevation but were unable. Poor weather can put a damper on the best of intentions. Take care, all the best to you and Melanie. Bob


  2. mountaincoward

    ONLY -15! It’s actually 10degC here (or, as I like to call it, 50degF) and is really lovely and warm. It’s overcast and wet as hell but I still prefer to be warm in winter.

    I’m hoping our skies clear up for this conjunction coming along on the 21st but I bet they don’t.

    Pleiades is my favourite constellation! 🙂 Superb photo!


    1. underswansea

      The conjunction will be worth seeing and you won’t even have to stay up late. Whenever I see Pleiades, the Seven sisters, I think of how fortunate the Gods put them out of reach of the large and insatiable hunter Orion. I always feel colder in wet weather just above freezing then at 20 below and the sun shining. Take care.


      1. mountaincoward

        yep – it’s the damp here which makes our weather seem so cold even though it rarely gets down very far into the minus Cs!

        If we carry on with our warm spell we won’t get to see any stars at all – it’s been really wet, dark and very low cloud every day and is forecast to continue with that for the rest of this week at least.


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