|Exploring our own back yard.
the size of the Universe as a whole, our Solar system is our tiny
back yard. It takes about eight minutes for a photon of light to travel
from the Sun to the Earth. It takes nearly 14 billion years for a photon
to travel from the most distant reaches of the known Universe. That
is a huge difference in scale. Nonetheless, on the human scale our
Solar System is a big place, and its study is a major part of astronomy,
for it still jealously guards many secrets related to its origin, its
present state, and its future.
|I don‘t have many Solar-System images
because my primary interest is in Deep-Sky Astrophotography. But when
a target of opporunity presents itself—a particularly large sunspot
group, an eclipse, a bright comet, or a planet well placed for observing
and photographing, I am likely to focus one of my telescopes closer