Urban Experiments- Circumpolar Star Trail

When some ideas get into your head, it is almost impossible to get them out. One such idea that had crept into mine was doing a circumpolar star trail in the middle of one of the most light polluted skies. But the sky was clear without a cloud and humidity levels are still low, so…

Blue skies are underrated (phone pics)

The gift of a clear blue sky with no clouds or with only a few fluffy clouds is completely underrated. How many of us even look up at the skies, caught up as we are in our daily routines? I’m actually quite fortunate in that I have expansive window views both at home and at…

‘Book of Delights’ on the Day of Happiness

Today is International Day of Happiness. Given that we are still struggling through the sludge that is the pandemic, we need to take every opportunity to remind ourselves to take comfort and pleasure in the things around us and to indulge ourselves in what brings us happiness. Coincidentally, I just finished a collection of essays…

12 years a blogger

A few days ago, I logged into wordpress after more than a month to post my images of the Jupiter Mercury conjunction. After I wrapped up the post, I wandered through my notifications section and was pleasantly surprised when I saw the message from WordPress congratulating me on completing 12 years of my blog. 12…

Mercury

Mercury is underrated. We learn about Mercury in school. That it is smallest planet in the solar system and closest to the sun. Just those last three words conjure up for us an image of a planet whose surface is constantly boiling and roiling, where the sun occupies the entire sky during the day. But…

How do stars come to life? (a story)

In a remote corner of a remote world (or our world in an unseen dimension) that no living being has ever visited, there exist three very tall structures. These are the star makers- they are basically like factories where they produce stars, not the big fiery ones like the sun that burn your skin but…

8 of my best moon photographs

Over the years, I have taken many, many photographs of the moon. And out of these hundreds of photographs, some stand out. I feel fortunate to have captured some of these moments and I hope that I will be able to continue capturing nice photographs of the moon in the future. Moon under construction: This…

Moonrise

As you must already know, I never get tired of the moon!

Moon in Scorpius

I spotted a lovely crescent moon visiting friends in Scorpio. Antares, Alniyat, Acrab, Dshubba, Fang, Iklil. Scorpius is one of the more remarkable constellations of the night sky- unmissable – a bit like Orion. Except Orion and Scorpius are not friends. One is never in the sky when the other is visible.