Blog: Jupiter, Venus and Mercury
After a calm and relaxed day at the beach I remained along the coast awaiting the sunset. A few days earlier, I had read an article about Jupiter, Venus and Mercury being seen with the visible eye – lined up just above the horizon where the sun will set.
My relaxed day began at Swami’s Beach in Encinitas and around 6:00 p.m. I proceeded to the Carlsbad shore. There is a typical spot that people hang out to watch the sunset and I assumed that there would be several people within the crowd waiting for the view of the planets.
The sun had set and the crowd had began to thin; heads had turned and others left. Along one bench was an older gentleman, and I thought he had to be there for the same reason as I since he was the only other person whose eyes were still directed at the horizon. I sparked a conversation with him and indeed he brought a pair of binoculars. He seemed well informed and I cherished the moment of listening.
I have been interested in astronomy and yet never fully engaged myself into the field. (Note: I watched the live feed of the rover landing on Mars.) Yet, this day I felt a giddiness; full of excitement. I felt as if I were in my youth full of discovery. I wondered why no one else was taking notice of the view.
I left Carlsbad to head slightly north to Oceanside to find an empty beach to document a night shot of the planets. On my way out I felt I had to share what was in view with others. I pointed it out to the three women and they became excited as the inner youth came out in all of us.
I captured this image on the southern shores of Oceanside, CA.