Now I suppose this is just me, but there are  a few things that move a day from being “good” to being “great”. Today was a good day because I attended “Open Data Day 2015” at the University of Toronto; I reconnected with colleagues and got a bit of stimulation regarding open data. I got home and went for a walk, and on m way home, enjoying the sunset, I was blessed to see not just a conjunction… you might recognize Venus and the moon in this picture, but there is the faint image of Mars above. (Click the picture to see a larger version.) And also, because the moon is in its thin crescent phase, you can see the faint outline of the rest  of the disk: illuminated by light that bounces off the earth to light the moon, astronomers call this “earthshine“. For me, this is a wonderful series of occurrences to observe, and even better that I managed to catch them on film. (Well, you know.)  So it moved the day from “good” to “great”.

Maybe I’m just a geek, but I do so enjoy living in the moment. Did anyone else notice the symphony in the sky tonight?

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