Thursday, January 1, 2009

New Year's Day Sky Watch - Faster than a Speeding Bullet



Not a cloud in the sky today, this first day of the new year. When I lifted my eyes to the heavens, about the only thing that caught my eye was an airplane's contrail as it approached a very pale crescent moon (you have to look closely to even see the moon; it's that little white speck almost dead center of the frame above and just ahead of and slightly below the leading edge [right] of the contrail.)



Seven seconds later, yes, just seven seconds (I am amazed at the information stored by my camera), the photo above shows the relative positions of both. The moon sliver is almost centered below the visible contrail. That plane was moving pretty fast.

Sky Watch was created by Dot and expanded upon by our retired friend Tom. This weekly theme post is brought to you by Klaus, Sandy, Fishing Guy, Ivar, Wren, and Louise. Visit the Sky Watch Friday home page anytime after 7:30 p.m. Greenwich Mean Time on Thursdays to see sky photos from around the world. You'll be glad you did.

29 comments:

Steffi said...

Happy New Year 2009 to you and Happy SWF!Great photos!

Louise said...

What a sky!My contrails are distorted here right now. Yours is so crisp!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Beautiful sky, Pat--and great pictures!!!!
http://betsyfromtennessee.blogspot.com/

imac said...

Such blue skies you captured.

Moannie said...

What an intense blue, you should see the colour of mine today-on phot story friday, gray as a sick seal.

Did I wish you Happy New Year? Well I do.

archiearchive said...

Really neat. A great juxtaposition.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

It truly is amazing how much information our camera's store, isn't it?

All the best in 2009, Pat!

Colin Campbell said...

Always curious where those guys are heading and who is in the plane and why. Idle musings I know. Lovely shots. Have a great photographing 2009.

Reader Wil said...

A perfect blue sky! I love the crescent moon too. Happy new year!

Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

I never would have noticed the moon if you hadn't pointed it out.

Happy New Year.

SandyCarlson said...

Happy New Year! Just lovely.

Gill - That British Woman said...

those are neat photos.....

Gill in Canada

fishing guy said...

Pat: That was a neat capture and the relative postion of the Moon and plane were interesting.

Kathiesbirds said...

What a creative idea. Einstein would be proud of you! Happy 2009!

Rose said...

Wow, what wonderful photographs. I think after all the cloudy weather that these blue skies are especially appealing.

Hope the coming year is a good one for you.

vincibene said...

Beautiful original pictures!

kayleen said...

Beautiful blue skies. May 2009 be a wonderful year!

Dr.John said...

Great skywatch pictures. We have a bit of a storm so we can't see the sky.

Larry D said...

Great photos, such blue!

Sue said...

You have a lovely blue sky there, too. Thanks for visiting my blog.

TSannie said...

Nothing prettier than a true blue sky.

Hope your 2009 is filled with many blessings, Pat. I've loved getting to ~know~ you over the last year.

Read you soon!

Kathy said...

Perfect blue skies. Hope you have wonderful New Year.

Lilli & Nevada said...

You are so lucky to have such a clear sky for the new yr.Great photo of the speeding bullet

Rottlady of the Ozarks said...

What a great capture, I had to squint for a second and then the moon popped out at me!

Here's to clear skies and great picture taking days ahead!

Max-e said...

Hi Pat that is what you call being in the right place at the right time. Hope you have a really wonderful Nrew Year.

esnorway said...

nice pics happy new year!

The Arthur Clan said...

What beautiful blues you captured in your sky. Thanks so much for sharing.

Wren said...

Super interesting set of photos, and I like how you put the time stamp to good use.

Thanks for skywatching with us, and all the best in 2009.

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