March 15th, 2017, 1:10 a.m. local time
The configuration of the cosmos waits for no one. By midnight, I knew I had to stay up a tad longer to see the Moon in proximity to both Jupiter and Spica. Despite the unseasonal cold chill, it was a rewarding experience thanks to a mostly clear early morning.
Obviously, the Moon is glaring bright. I set my exposure to 1/6000 to get this:
Previously, when the Moon was smaller, I got away with 1/3000. But even 1/3000 was a bit too bright, so when the Moon is near full, I will have to speed up the shutter to reveal surface detail.
I cannot wait to return to all the fun of imagining Jupiter – cloud bands and Great Red Spot and Galilean moons all! Just have to be patient a little while longer. For now, I will remember this cool moment, and be glad I captured it.