Thursday, April 14, 2011

Tonight's Atlas V Launch

Palomar Observatory is a great place to study the universe. It is also occasionally a very nice place to watch rocket launches. Tonight it is well suited for both as the skies are clear, the seeing is quite good and the USAF launched an Atlas V rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base.

This picture shows the rocket crossing just above Orion's Belt.

This photo shows a staging event a little later. Both images were 30-second exposures taken with an Canon 5D and a 17mm lens.

1 comment:

David A. Harvey said...

Very cool! Tthe benefits of living near a launch site eh!? Kudos!