Were you looking up at the sky last night? If it wasn’t cloudy, you should’ve seen a very bright dot in the darkness near the moon. Although it appeared tiny, what some might have mistaken for a star actually was big, old Jupiter!
My college roommate Jan commented about the event on Facebook yesterday along with a handy-dandy link for EarthSky. That website noted that last night the waxing gibbous moon would be at its closest to Jupiter, an event that won’t happen again until 2026.
I don’t have a crystal ball that can tell me what I may or may not be doing in 13 years. So I figured I’d better go outside last night and shoot. Fortunately, the temperature was in the 50s, so I didn’t have to suffer for my art.
I handheld my Nikon 300mm f/4 lens attached to my Nikon D300. Fortunately, I remembered the lesson I learned when I snapped pics of the supermoon last year: The key is to select spot metering to bring out the moon’s details. Otherwise it looks like a bright blob.
I hope if I get the opportunity in 2026, I haven’t forgotten how best to shoot the moon!