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Nights vested in Vesta

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Of all the nights I hunted for a good pic on the current visiting asteroid Vesta - which is visible with the naked eye - it turned out that this pic on the 23rd was the best. Vesta is huge and has a diameter of 530km/330miles. I did a reverse image to make it softter on the eye. For the star gazers, the huge spot in the right low corner is Jupiter with Scorpio visible directly above to the top. I hope somebody out there loves the stars like I do.

I was pleasantly surprised by the low noise of my Canon at ISO 1600.
Location: Leeudoringstad, South Africa (GoogleEarth - 27°14'14.91"S 26°14'25.23"E)

Cold hearted orb
That rules the night

Removes the colours

From our sight

Red is gray and

Yellow white

But we decide

Which is right

And which is an Illusion

Nights In White Satin
- Moody Blues

Thank you for comments and visits to "African color of healing..."

June 1, 2007
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Jun 1, 2007 12:25:04 pm
Wow... that is awesome. I love viewing the stars and pointing out the constellations. Ursa Major and minor being the most obvious to us. My favorite has always been Orion the Hunter. I believe we can see Venus some mornings. Thank you for this glimpse 'Under African Skies'. I love the song you chose but am currently singing Paul Simon... lol :0)

by odie Homepage »

Jun 1, 2007 12:38:57 pm
Love how the words to that song go so well with your capture. I remember the first time I saw Saturn through a telescope. I was shocked. It looked like someone had stuck a sticker of it in the sky. I didn't expect to see it so Thanks for the interesting upload, Piet and great to 'see' you back. Have a lovely weekend. -M :^)

by Margana Homepage »

Jun 1, 2007 12:47:30 pm
I need to crack the astrology books, for I know not much about the stars. I do, however, love to lay in the grass at night, out here in the country; and gaze. Preferrably with someone who could teach me a few things about what I'm looking at :) Great to see u back piet. I've missed you. xx

by tizjezzme Homepage »

Jun 1, 2007 12:57:41 pm

I love the night sky too and even have a modest telescope, but atmospheric conditions in south Florida rarely make viewing much fun. Nicely captured there Piet, welcome back.

by TwoPynts Homepage »

Jun 1, 2007 1:03:29 pm
Interesting work!

by mark.spooner Homepage »

Jun 1, 2007 1:04:13 pm
This is fabulous! It isn't easy to star gaze for me any more as the city lights and surrounding urban areas tend to bleach out most of the amazing stuff. Love this peek you provided!

by MrsLubner Homepage »

Jun 1, 2007 1:07:48 pm
Welcome back Piet, I've missed you! I love looking at the stars and often make a wish on a shooting star! The best ever experience I had was not far from your part of the world - Namibia. We were walking out at about 10pm and the sky was lit up with so many stars that I could not believe my eyes. They were so large that you felt as if you could reach up and touch them. It was the most amazing experience and one I will never forget! I was so mesmerised I didn't think to take a picture, even though my camera was around my neck. And that is not like me, because if it moves I take a picture of it!! Thank you for sharing this night sky with us and, once again, welcome back.
Hugs. Eileen xx

by elmurray Homepage »

Jun 1, 2007 1:28:21 pm
Thats a creative way to show the sky at night... Looked like my sensor before it needs a clean!! Welcome back Piet

by danob Homepage »

Jun 1, 2007 1:32:33 pm
Fascinating! Thanks for posting!

by DennisReed Homepage »

Jun 1, 2007 1:37:05 pm
Fantastic capture!!!

by carlx Homepage »

Jun 1, 2007 1:51:08 pm
I have allways felt the sky was fascinating to look at, and to heare about atronomy, I do find very interesting. I even have a star binocular or what you call such one. Though I havent used it much... im not very good at it. I have to prior my time for what I burn mostly for and i have a whole lot of interesses. HAHA I love to play with Google earth too, but that is more to look at our world.

by helanker Homepage »

Jun 1, 2007 2:13:03 pm
Fantastic ! Thanks for sharing it.

by Cosme..D..Churruca Homepage »

Jun 1, 2007 2:20:45 pm
No need to tell you my love of the heavens, Piet... I gaze nightly at so many beauties. Fascinating shot, superbly done. Perfect song to go with it too. Good to see you posting again. Di.

by rainbows Homepage »

Jun 1, 2007 2:56:44 pm
Now this is original. Excellent work.

by justnew Homepage »

Jun 1, 2007 3:05:16 pm
awesome capture Piet and happy to see you back posting

by Richardphotos Online Now!   Homepage »

Jun 1, 2007 3:43:53 pm
Superb! I'm glad you posted this -- I was hoping to post such a shot myself but the weather hasn't been cooperating. Excellent work!

by jared99 Homepage »

Jun 1, 2007 4:21:13 pm
I love the reverse effect on this, it makes it easy to view for us non-professional astronomers. Great shot and good to see you back around here too. xx

by BibbyBear Homepage »

Jun 1, 2007 4:54:18 pm
I am also a lover of the stars and very interested in our solar system...this is fantastic and I am so happy you shared it with's amazing that some people look up in the sky at night and see things that they don't even know that they are seeing...but then there are people like you, my friend...who can explain it to us. Thank you for sharing.

by shahlaa Homepage »

Jun 1, 2007 5:56:42 pm
i'll be gazing tonight to see if i can spot it....there is a site called ....heavens above, it is a sky chart, you type in your location and time and it shows you what your looking up at, makes things abit easier

by alhak Homepage »

Jun 1, 2007 6:06:19 pm
Welcome back ol' pardner. Is there anything you don't do? Now stargazing and capturing asteroids as well as quoting Graham Edge's poetry. What's next, Piet?

by Buffalo1 Homepage »

Jun 1, 2007 6:10:11 pm
Nice capture...

by lizzibell Homepage »

Jun 1, 2007 6:22:04 pm
Fantastic and very intersting shot Piet. So You a little astro too...glad for that.

by babuci Homepage »

Jun 1, 2007 6:27:26 pm
Welcome back Piet, very well captured & presented for viewing


by stuart83 Homepage »

Jun 1, 2007 8:17:01 pm
Excellent work, Piet! Maybe you'll be lucky enough to shot a UFO too! :)

by Ionel Homepage »

Jun 1, 2007 9:14:03 pm
Wowww, excellent work my friend !! Good day :)

by Valerie-Ducom Homepage »


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