Ben (@benjaminwy) — Washington, D.C.
Why is Mars so close tonight? I’m out of town without my usual setup; this was the steadiest I could manage to hold my phone against a pair of binoculars in the cold. The faintest star in the second photo, Kappa Geminorum, is 140 lightyears away and has depleted its hydrogen supply. It will swell into a red giant soon (or may have already), then will turn into a beautiful planetary nebula like the #helixnebula when it dies.