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Meteor or Satellite?

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Predictions for a possibly amazing meteor shower were running wild late last week. I wanted to take some photos and my daughter wanted to stay up late. We both thought it would be fun to do something cool with each other, so we headed out in search of something. Since some of the predictions suggested the meteors produced by this shower could be much brighter than normal, we thought it could be cool to set up where a cityscape could be on the horizon in the foreground. Sadly, this is DC, and there is no real distinctive cityscape except that the one shot from the Netherlands Carillon of the Capitol, Washington Monument, and Lincoln Memorial.

Since the Camelopardalids radiant was supposed to be near Polaris, we thought setting up at the Thomas Jefferson Memorial where we could look north across the Tidal Basin at the Washington Monument and U.S. Mint could be an interesting location to start and then based on how things went and what we saw on Twitter, we would try some other locations as the night went on.

By 12:30am, we hadn’t seen anything and we only saw disappointed people on Twitter, so we packed up and headed to the exurbs where, like everyone else, we still didn’t see didn’t see much of anything and then went home.

Checking the few photos I did take, I saw a light streak in a 30 second exposure taken just after midnight that I’m not quite sure about. I couldn’t see any trace of pulsing or flashing lights that airplanes and helicopters have. I think it’s on trajectory that traces through the expected radiant, which suggests meteor, but it doesn’t have the form, shape or color fringing that most meteor photos display. That leaves satellite, but I don’t know enough about them to know it would be possible to see one that close to the northern horizon at that hour…particularly through the urban light conditions.

Conjunction Junction

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The moon and Jupiter convene on Monday January 21, 2013. They will not have a conjunction this close again until 2026.

SONG 1, Take 1

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The Hirshhorn Museum began running an exhibit this past Thursday by Doug Aitken called “SONG 1” that wraps the museum in cinematic projected video images and music from sunset to midnight. Read more about the exhibit in the Washington Post and at the Hirshhorn’s website.

We made a quick stop after the Capitals game last night, but could only stay a couple minutes with a couple tired kids and an early swim meet in the morning. I barely had enough time to walk down Independence Ave and look at it for a moment, taking a couple handheld shots just to start getting a feel. I’ll be going back a few times before the exhibit ends on May 13.

Watchtower 949

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In this photo, a woman is steadied by her husband as she stands on  the Brooklyn Bridge photographing the Tribute in Light rising skyward from Lower Manhattan on the tenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks that brought down the Twin Towers and claimed almost 3,000 lives.

On September 11, 2011, I drove up to New York with a friend to see and photograph the Tribute in Light display. From the time I first saw photos of it in March 2002, I’ve wanted to see it in person. I may have even needed to see it in person, but I wasn’t able to go until this year. Even though the clouds and fog limited our options a bit, it provided some opportunities that wouldn’t have been possible otherwise. We walked about six miles, met a lot of people and had a really memorable experience.

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