Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Different places, same sky

 

During his nightly beach walk on Paradise Island in the Bahamas, Ken Bodnar snapped a photo last night of a full moon illuminating a palm tree. If you look closely, you can see Jupiter peeking through the palm fronds.

 

Some 700 miles away, James Amerson was also photographing the sky. He captured tight shots of the moon and Jupiter high above Pensacola, Florida.

 

"I love stargazing, because I am interested in cosmology," said Bodnar. "I like to ponder and speculate on the origins of the universe and celestial bodies."

 

Amerson is also an avid sky watcher, and said he's been working a few nights to get the settings on his camera just right to capture the celestial sight.

 

It's always magical when iReporters in different places report on similar events. The best part about these photos, though? Neither Bodnar nor Amerson used special equipment to capture these shots (in fact, Bodnar took his photo with a Kodak EasyShare camera), proving that anyone can capture photos of the night sky.

 

If you're into stargazing, be sure to check out our space assignment here. We'd love to see your view of the cosmos!

25 Comments
September 23, 2010
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Too bad we are back to just looking up at the moon instead of walking around on it.

September 23, 2010
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im sorry but i dont see jupiter

September 23, 2010
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I think I see Jupiter. It's near the bottom of the palms. Lovely site!

 

No one is romantic enough to venture into space anymore, especially a bunch of Tea Baggers.

September 23, 2010
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  Jana19XX I think I see Jupiter. It's near the bottom of the palms. Lovely site! No one is romantic enough to venture into space anymore, especially a bunch of Tea Baggers.

Another liberal who only knows how to name call. Our beloved President pulled the plug on going back to the moon so he could fund his socialist agenda. It appears that your condescending rude comment about a group of people that think differently than you is unwarranted.

September 23, 2010
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I concur Americaneeds, the prior administration was all set to land more men on the moon until they spent all the money paying Halliburton and other contractors for not one, but two wars.

September 23, 2010
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I dont see Jupiter in this picture.  But it is easy to see with a small telescope and you might be able to see the moons if its dark enouph.

 

Jana19XX and Americanneeds please take your BS somewhere else nobody cares what you think of eachother or your fellow Americans.

 

September 23, 2010
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**dark enough

September 23, 2010
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In agreement with "jrvinnh" ... too bad we are not still walking on the moon. Good point, jrvinnh.

The view here last night over NJ/NY was hampered because of the storms. I am sorry I missed it! (sigh)

September 23, 2010
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I would give up anything to go to the Moon or further.

September 23, 2010
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Interesting last night. I am too close to the lights of Atlanta to see all the details of Jupiter without a telescope or some good binoculars. But I did get some decent images of the moon, although I didn't use my tripod, at 1:30 this morning.

 

Politicizing this moon business without providing all the details of the hold on space exploration is ridiculous, teabaggers. You speak as though you heard only what you wanted to hear; and, in repeating it often enough, you falsely believe you can convince others that what you have said is true. Sorry, but it is not.

September 23, 2010
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@John2W2

 

Very simple really. 'Building a Mystery' UFO Human Link Apageinthelife

September 23, 2010
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I used my spotting scope and could clearly see Jupiter and 4 of its moons!  Simply amazing!

September 23, 2010
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Is Jupiter that little speck between the tree trunk and the palm fronds? 

 

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September 23, 2010
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All this talk about just Jupiter.  Did you know that the planet Uranis is also visible right next to Jupiter at this time?  You need a telescope or very powerful binoculars, but you can see it and by using Jupiter, it is easy to find for once.

September 23, 2010
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Who cares about what's up there.  Squabbling over cutting taxes for the rich is much more uplifting.  That's why God put us here, to focus on things like that.

September 23, 2010
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Wow look at that red spot

September 23, 2010
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I THINK I SEE URANUS...sorry, it had to be done

September 23, 2010
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I'm on the moon right now...and it is so peaceful to look at beautiful big blue earth...so peaceful...glad I'm not there.

September 23, 2010
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I am also in Florida, I see a gorgeous full moon but I don't see Jupiter...

September 23, 2010
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oh my goodness... i can  even see Mars through the palm  tree...oh wait...i see one  more :)

September 23, 2010
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We need to send a mission to Jupiter to find the monolith

September 24, 2010
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Look at the moon, the brightest star near it is actually Jupiter folks.  And you can see all 4 moons with a cheap pair of binoculars.  If you are just slightly interested in stars go download the free software "Stellarium" It will amaze you in what you are seeing in the sky when you look up there next time.

September 24, 2010
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Why do we need to go back to the moon again?

September 24, 2010
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bgetya:  I agree!  Stellarium is awesome.  There is an XP bug though that distorts the fonts of objects, but the workaround is to try both shortcuts in Stellarium's Start menu folder - "Stellarium" and "Stellarium (no OpenGL2)". If the first doesn't work, the second one should do the trick. 

 

Also, for your smartphone, try Google Skymaps!

September 24, 2010
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Cool to look at through my new telescope.  The moon surface looks incredible.  Yes, it's a shame we're not spending all this war money on something more exciting and productive...  also a shame that everytime I look at comments posted on these sites it's liberals and conservatives bashing each other, even when the story has absolutely nothing to do with politics.

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