The universe has always fascinated me and one night I was surfing around on Netflix and came across the documentary section. I stumbled across the How the Universe Works series from the Discovery Channel and after watching the ‘Big Bangs’ episode, I was hooked! I must have watched the episode 5 times before moving on to the other episodes. After finishing the series, I moved on to History Channel’s ‘The Universe’ and am currently addicted to that show as well.
After learning about the planets, nebulae, galaxies, and the myriad of interstellar objects in space, I started stargazing. I would often sit under the stars and think about how mind bogglingly huge the Universe is, which made me feel infinitely small. I don’t know what possessed me to start photographing the stars and the moon with my DSLR but I found myself sitting outside with my camera and the Universe as my backdrop. I came across a website called, EarthSky, which helped me figure out what I was looking at when I was stargazing. The site also gave me ideas as to what to capture with my camera. I visit that site daily as it has fantastic information on what stars or planets will be visible to the unaided eye. With the help of the SkyView app, I quickly learned to navigate the night sky with my new found passion. I turned my camera to the brightest object in the sky (the Moon – shown above) and snapped my first photo! I was amazed that so much fine detail could come from shooting the Moon with a DSLR! From that night on April 7th, 2012, I was hooked! The next night, I quickly turned the camera to some visible planets (Venus and Jupiter) and captured the shot seen below.